Craig Seymour
September 29, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Pronounced Toe-nay

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it an C+

Tonéx, the D’Angelo of gospel, sings sanctified praises with a refreshingly edgy, hip-hop swagger on Pronounced toe-nay. But sometimes he takes it to an absurd extreme. Lyrics about smoking ”holy indo” and being ”funky fresh/’bouts to get blessed” sound like parody. And ”The 1u Need,” which he sings as a jilted Jesus trying to woo an ex-devotee, comes off like the last booty call of a holy man. C+

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