Back II da Basics

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Back II Da Basics
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 15, 2005
RecordedJuly 2003 – 2005
Ginuwine chronology
The Senior
Back II Da Basics
Greatest Hits
Singles from Back II Da Basics
  1. "When We Make Love"
    Released: August 30, 2005
  2. "I'm in Love"
    Released: February 7, 2006

Back II da Basics is the fifth album by American recording artist Ginuwine. Released by Epic Records on November 15, 2005 in the United States, production for the album originally began in July 2003. Although Ginuwine initially revealed that he was planning to team with longtime contributor Timbaland on the entirety of the album, their collaboration failed to materialize due to scheduling conflicts.[1] Instead, Ginuwine worked with a diverse roster of collaborators, including Danja, Jazze Pha, Troy Oliver, Trackmasters, and The Underdogs, on most of the tracks.

Upon its release, Back II da Basics received generally mixed reviews amongst critics with many complimenting the album's mid-tempo material and more mature approach, while criticizing its uptempo tracks and somewhat outdated nature. Commercially, it debuted at number twelve on the US Billboard 200 with first week sales of 74,430 copies, becoming Ginuwine's first album to miss the top ten since 1996's Ginuwine...the Bachelor, his solo debut. It debuted at number three on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, scoring him his fourth consecutive top-three entry.

The album spawned two singles, including lead single "When We Make Love" and "I'm In Love", both of which were not as successful as previous singles and failed to make the Billboard Hot 100. In support of the album, early in 2006 Ginuwine and label mates Jagged Edge linked up on the Ladies Night Out tour. A year later, Epic produced a greatest hits compilation with almost no promotion, presumably to end their album deal with Ginuwine.


In 2003, Ginuwine released The Senior, his fourth studio album, it debuted at number thirty nine on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 2,000 copies. It later was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales in excess of 8,000 copies,[2] it produced three singles, each appearing on the Billboard Hot 100.[3] Production for his fifth album began the same year.[1] Ginuwine revealed on 106 & Park that he was working with Timbaland on the entirety of the album, however, their collaboration failed to materialize due to scheduling conflicts.[1] On the production process, Ginuwine elaborated: "I want to bring R&B back up to the place where it needs to be."[4]


Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[5]
Artistdirect3/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly(negative)[7]
The Situation3.5/5 stars[8]
Vibe3/5 stars[9]

Back II da Basics received generally mixed reviews from music critics. In his review for Allmusic, Andy Kellman gave the album three out five stars and remarked that "rather than gradually spin out with albums that steadily diminish creatively and commercially, [Ginuwine] has put together a series of releases strong enough to maintain his presence on radio." Critical of the club tracks, he felt that without them the album "would be an even better, bolder, more mature release [with] lush ballads and gentle mid-tempo material."[5] Sophia Jackson from The Situation found that "it's good to see that after a decade on the scene, Ginuwine can still hang out with the young ones in the over-populated R&B world; this is an above average comeback for Ginuwine fans and lovers of real back to the basics R&B to enjoy. Welcome back Ginuwine, you've been missed."[8]

Vibe's Imani A. Dawson rated the album three discs out of five and commented that the release "builds on his silky vocals while keeping the sexual innuendo intact [...] he's slowly but surely growing up."[9] She noted that "despite the occasional growing pains, when Ginuwine acts his age, it's a graceful erotic experience."[9] Raymond Fiore from Entertainment Weekly felt that "for this R&B slickster, returning to da basics means regurgitating the assembly-line bump 'n' grind fare he's honed for a decade, and on his fifth disc, it also means being a few fancy footsteps behind the current pack of urban lotharios."[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

Upon its release, Back II da Basics debuted at number three on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number twelve on the Billboard 200 in the United States.[10] It has sold 176,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Confirmed by iTunes[11]

1."Intro" (featuring Knight)KnightIll Factor2:51
2."Oh Girl"Elgin Lumpkin, Johntá AustinYounglord3:54
3."Secrets"LumpkinJazze Pha3:29
4."When We Make Love"LumpkinCedric Solomon3:55
5."Want U to Be"Austin, LumpkinJazze Pha4:20
6."The Club"Lumpkin, Jason PhillipsYounglord, Keith Harris3:54
7."Interlude" (featuring Knight)KnightIll Factor2:24
8."She's Like"LumpkinTrackmasters, Alvin West (co.)4:07
9."Betta Half"LumpkinDanja4:07
10."Glaze in My Eye"Lumpkin, Ryan TobyTrackmasters3:14
11."I'm in Love"LumpkinTroy Oliver4:04
12."Far Away"LumpkinBrass N' Blues4:13
13."Take a Chance"LumpkinCap't Curt & Big Bob4:15
14."Back II da Basics"LumpkinIll Factor3:42
15."Thank You's"LumpkinIll Factor2:43


Visuals and imagery

Instruments and performance credits

Technical and production


Release history[edit]

List of release dates, showing country, formats and label
Region Date Label
United States[10] November 15, 2005 Epic Records
Japan[15] November 30, 2005 Sony Music Entertainment
Spain[16] December 1, 2005
Germany[17] March 3, 2006
United Kingdom[18] March 6, 2006


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  4. ^ Ginuwine Grows Up. Billboard. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Back II da Basics - Ginuwine". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Back II da Basics". ARTISTdirect. Rogue Digital, LLC. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  7. ^ a b Fiore, Raymond (2005-11-14). "Music Review — Back II Da Basics (2005)". Entertainment Weekly / CNN. Retrieved 2012-10-04.
  8. ^ a b Sophia Jackson. "Ginuwine:Back II Da Basics". The Situation. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  9. ^ a b c Dawson, Imani A. Older, wiser and sexier: Ginuwine matures. Vibe. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  10. ^ a b c "Ginuwine, Jagged Edge Team To Tour". Billboard. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Back II da Basics". Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Ginuwine Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  13. ^ "Ginuwine Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  14. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: Year End 2006". Billboard. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  15. ^ "【CD】 Back II da Basics". Retrieved 2013-01-21.
  16. ^ "【CD】 Back II da Basics". Retrieved 2013-01-21.
  17. ^ a b "【CD】 Back II da Basics". Retrieved 2013-01-21.
  18. ^ "【CD】 Back II da Basics". Retrieved 2013-01-21.

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