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Elgin Baylor Lumpkin (born October 15, 1975) stage name is Ginuwine was born and raised in Washington, DC. Growing up, he listened jazz, hip hop, R&B and gospel. Two artists who influenced and inspired his music are Michael Jackson and Prince.

While Ginuwine was growing up he graduated from Prince Georges Community College. He studied for a paralegal degree, as he had an interest in law. At the time he was interested in singing professionaly, quote "It was hard going to school and breaking into the music business, but so far both have worked out pretty good."

When he started, he was introducted to the most famous producers in hip-hop of the time, like Missy Elliott and Timberland. He has completed compilations artists like Aaliyah.