February 05, 2018

Shaquille O'Neal - Respect (1998)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
Style: Pop Rap
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© 1998 T.W.IsM. Records
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Shaquille O'Neal's career as a rapper is a little puzzling, if you look at it closely. Unlike many athletes who dabble in music, Shaq didn't just release one album and move on -- he carved out an alternate career, keeping up a regular schedule of releasing an album every two years. Each album was a little different, thanks to new sets of collaborators and a conscious eye to commercial trends, but they were all essentially the same: good-natured, mildly entertaining, but ultimately pedestrian records by one charming man. His fourth album, Respect, is no different in that respect. It's a well-constructed album that isn't devoid of good moments, such as a cover of Above the Law's "Blaq Supaman," but it's also not particularly distinctive, either in the context of Shaq's career or from the multitudes of mainstream pop-rap albums that are released. As background party music, it works fairly well, but close listening doesn't reap any dividends. Then again, it wasn't meant to -- Respect, like any Shaquille O'Neal album, sounds like it was meant as simply a good time. The problem is, the musicians who made the record probably had a better time than the listeners at home.

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