Ginuwine Strips It Down

The r&b singer rides the pony at B.B. King's

"Pony" was followed by a cover of Prince's "Baby I'm a Star," a track off the almost-30-year-old soundtrack to the funk-rock legend's first film, Purple Rain. The song is a delighted boast in which Prince makes a case for his overwhelming magnetism; "Hey, look me over," it declares in its opening line, and the torrid, breathlessly paced music makes the case for attention as much as any of the lyrical boasts. Following up "Pony" with this track on Saturday was an almost-too-perfect victory lap; sure, Ginuwine's most notorious track remains sexy in its sweet 16th year of existence, but he sells it like no other, even as he keeps on his shirt and pants.

mjohnston@villagevoice.com

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