Pony (Ginuwine song)

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Single by Ginuwine
from the album Ginuwine...the Bachelor
Released August 20, 1996
Format CD single
Recorded 1996[1]
Genre R&B, hip hop soul
Length 4:13
Label 550/Epic
Writer(s) Static Major, Elgin Lumpkin, Tim Mosley
Producer(s) Timbaland
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Ginuwine singles chronology
"Tell Me Do U Wanna"
Ginuwine...the Bachelor track listing
"Tell Me Do U Wanna"
Greatest Hits track listing
"Hell Yeah"
"Pony" (Extended Mix)
"In Those Jeans"
Playlist: The Very Best of Ginuwine track listing
"Oh Girl"
"So Anxious"

"Pony" is the debut single of American R&B singer Ginuwine, released as a single from his first LP Ginuwine...The Bachelor in 1996. The song was written by Ginuwine with Swing Mob associates Static Major and Timbaland, who produced the recording. The song's lyrics describe a blatant sexual come-on: "If you're horny, let's do it / Ride it; my pony."

Timbaland's production was unique among R&B releases of the day: "Pony"'s instrumentation features a start-stop rhythm pattern similar to drum and bass music, a bassline and melody formed by vocoded vocal samples, and a cartoon slide whistle. Along with his concurrent work for Aaliyah's One in a Million LP, "Pony" and Ginuwine...the Bachelor marked the emergence of Timbaland as a successful R&B producer. The beat was also used for a remix of Jodeci's song "Freek 'N You". The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks for two weeks from November 16, 1996 to November 30, 1996 and reached number six on Billboard's Hot 100 on November 23, 1996.

The song was featured in the 2012 film Magic Mike which played when Channing Tatum's character performs a hip-hop theme striptease to the song. Ginuwine plays a fictional version of himself on NBC's Parks and Recreation and performed the song in the season 6 finale in honor of Li'l Sebastian at the Pawnee-Eagleton Unity Concert.

Music video[edit]

"Pony" was promoted by a music video directed by Michael Lucero.

The song's remix featured a rap by Timbaland, and was featured in a second video directed by Christopher Erskin. Three unofficial remix music videos were created later, featuring rappers Big Pun, 50 Cent and Lil Wayne. Two remixes have the beat sped up with Ginuwine's verse, while the other has a different beat, using Big Pun's verse from "Still Not a Player". A writer/producer named Rudy was a secret producer of this song, he had produced the beat and some of the lyrics.

Single track listing[edit]

Europe Maxi-Single[2]

  1. "Pony" (Album Version) - (4:13)
  2. "Pony" (Extended Mix) - (5:20)
  3. "Pony" (Ride It Mix) - (5:05)
  4. "Pony" (Mad Love Club Mix) - (4:32)
  5. "Pony" (Mad Love Beat Mix) - (4:29)
  6. "Pony" (Black Market Slowride Mix) - (4:31)

US/Australian Single

  1. "Pony" (Album Version) - (4:13)
  2. "Pony" (Extended Mix) - (5:20)
  3. "Pony" (Instrumental) - (5:18)
  4. "Pony" (A Cappella) - (3:48)



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