Tony-O :: PhD. :: (label not available)
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Seattle is getting another chance to strike the image they are more than Kid Sensation and Sir Mix-a-Lot. Tony-O obviously feels his musical heritage (he is related to the lead singer for The Spinners) gives him the pedigree to lay down his knowledge on PhD.

The scary thing though is how horribly mediocre this release is though. The beat sounds like Atomic Dog meets Mo' Bounce to the Ounce. Every voice on the mix sounds horribly reminiscent of an already infamous rapper - with Tony's biggest sin being that he sounds like an even wacker Shaquille O'Neal. A sing-song Shaq, no less. His "haters" sound dumb too - why does anybody think this shit would be played on BET, let alone that anyone would be jealous?

The "Southern Exposure" remix doesn't help any. Infested with two wack piano loops, it hurts the eardrums. The high keys sound like a bad rip off of Jeru's "D. Original" and the low keys are an even worse rip off of Silkk the Shocker's "It Ain't My Fault". This makes the G-Funk of the original tolerable by comparison.

You know what? I think Tony-O's gonna give me a PhD for this review. I accept! In this case it's a badge of honor. Take your Shaquille O'Neal wanna be ass back to Seatown and be a "playa" all you want cause you ain't gettin no PLAY in my neck of the woods.

Music Vibes: 2 of 10 Lyric Vibes: 3 of 10 TOTAL Vibes: 2.5 of 10

Originally posted: January 20, 1999