Album: 100% Ginuwine
"Do U Remember" is a comedic masterpiece and an artistic one simultaneously.
It begins with then-29 year old Ginuwine singing about how he went to his girl's place at 3:00 a.m. and snuck in the window because her parents were downstairs. Obviously, this is an odd situation for a 29-year-old man to be engaged in. But we're going to let it slide here, assuming this is pure suspension of disbelief for music whose target audience was primarily teen girls.
Ginuwine sings with a total sincerity, which in no way undercuts that he's singing about how they busted his lover's mom's couch springs in the act. The absurdity requires total commitment, and Ginuwine is more than happy to provide.
Then comes the interlude, the song's centerpiece: A mother confronts her daughter, first over her damaged couch, until a harsh realization dawns:
Baby, baby, come down here, I need to talk to you now!
(I'll be right down!)
Look at this! Look at this mess! What happened here? I mean just look at it. There's a spring knocked out. Wait a minute, wait a minute, I know. You were with that Ginuwine guy!
I told you about him! He's an entertainer, he's no good!
(But I love him!)
And now it's Timbaland's time to shine, transforming the song into a synthesizer symphony of passionate convictions, adding Shakespearean dimension to what, in other hands, would be a mere soap opera. Then, to top it all off, he scratches Queen's "Flash's Theme", to make it clear how powerful the scope of her devotion. An entertainer? Yes. But no good? Hardly. —David Drake