Rihanna to Sample ‘Pony’ on New Album, Ginuwine Responds

Ginuwine’s mega hit “Pony” went down in history as one of the most popular 90s R&B jams, peaking at No. 1 for two weeks in November 1996 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart and No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 that same month. It looks like Rihanna is going to take it for another ride on the charts, with a track titled “Jump” on her Unapologetic album, which samples the raunchy, bass-heavy song. Rihanna played the tune for fans, industry taste-makers, and a few media outlets last Thursday during her album listening party at 40/40 in New York City.

Ginuwine responded to the news with excitement and anticipation. “When I heard that she wanted to do it, I immediately said ‘OK.’ I signed on board…I’m anxious to hear what she’s done to it and at the same time appreciative of her to consider that song from me. Hopefully it does a wonderful job for her like it did for me,” he told MTV News.

Ginuwine feels “The Only Girl in The World” who can do his song justice is Rihanna. “If anybody in the business can capture the spirit of ‘Pony,’ it would have to be Rihanna,” he said.

Known for its frank talk of sex, a “Pony” sample does seem to fit in with Rihanna’s vixen image and many songs in her catalog (along the lines of “Birthday Cake”). Can’t wait to hear what Ri Ri does with the classic track!