Pronounced Toe-nay 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… Pronounced Toe-nay 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… Tonex Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Music Review: 'Pronounced toe-nay' (2014)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Lead Performance: Tonex; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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+

Originally posted Sep 29, 2000 Published in issue #561 Sep 29, 2000 Order article reprints