Tone Locis a stage name for Anthony Terrell Smith who was born on March 3, 1966 in Compton, California. He attended University High School. Anthony is an American hip hop singer as well as an actor. He is best known for his hits, Wild Thing (1989), and Funky Cold Medina (also 1989). Anthony has a very deep, hoarse voice and many remember him by his voice. The drum beat and guitar riff in Wild Thing was copied from Van Halen’s Jamie’s Cryin’. The music was used without permission from Van Halen but Van did not sue Anthony or the recording company.
Tone has appeared in many movies and on television. He appeared in movies such as Ace Ventura : Pet Detective, Heat, Surf Ninjas, FernGully: The last Rainforest, Bebe’s Kids, Blank Check, and Titan A. E.. He also starred in the television series, News Radio, and the reality television show, Superstar USA.
Tone Loc got his stage name, or nickname, from his name, Tony (Anthony), and the Loc came from the street gang, the Crips. The word Loc was a slang word used by the gang. Tone was a former member of the gang. He even had the cover of his debut album, Loced After Dark, feature a picture in black and white and his name in blue. The members in the gang wore blue so this was just another reference to the gang. Tone sang on Fefe Dobson’s song, Rock It Til You Drop It, and also on her debut album in 2003, which was called, Fefe Dobson. Tone supplied the voice of Fud Wrapper, the animatronic host of the former Epcot attraction, Food Rocks, in Walt Disney World.
The European dance team, The ZZ- Bros., did a remix of Wild Thing and Funky Cold Medina in 1999. Wild Thing Y2K was received well in Australia and reached the Dance Charts in the lead for up to the year 2000 celebrations. Tone’s music was also used in the Tone Loc vs. Twenty Fingers remix of Lick It.
The albums that Tone Loc released were, Loc’ed After Dark in 1989,which reached number 1 in the U. S. and, number 3 on the Hip Hop/ R&B charts. His second album was Cool Hand Loc, which was released in 1991 and reached number 46 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop chart.
Tone’s singles were, Funky Cold medina, Wild thing, I Got It Goin’ On, and All Through the Night. These were spin off’s from his two albums. Other films that he was involved in were, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, The Return of Superfly, Posse, Poetic Justice, A Cool Like That Christmas, Car 54, Where Are You, Aladdin TV Series, Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For every Child, Spy Hard, C-Bear and Jamal, Fakin’ Da Funk, Freedom Strike, Whispers: An Elephant’s Tale, They Crawl, Deadly Rhapsody, Static Shock, King of the Hill, and Totally Awesome.
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