Differences – Ginuwine | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#4) and R&B (#1 for 4 weeks); 2001

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

If there’s anything fateful in a name, then perhaps Elgin Baylor Lumpkin – after the famous basketball star – was always destined to reach the heights. By age 12, Elgin was performing with the Finesse Five around his hometown of Washington, D.C. More singing experience in Physical Wonder followed, backed up by a career “safety net” in the form of a college degree. In 1996, Lumpkin morphed into Ginuwine and was discovered by Jodeci. Working behind the scenes with Jodeci was Tim Mosley, known as Timbaland. Now considered to be the most influential R&B producer of the late 1990’s, Timbaland unleashed his inventive stuttering brand of hip-hop onto the world in 1996 via solo projects with Aaliyah and Ginuwine. Ginuwine was on his way…big time. For his third album, The Life, Ginuwine wrote Differences with his latest producer Troy Oliver. Their ode to the positive influence of that special woman became Ginuwine’s biggest hit.

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Produced by:

  • Troy Oliver

Lyrics Written by:

  • Elgin Lumpkin
  • Troy Oliver