Tone Lōc

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Tone Lōc
Birth nameAnthony Terrell Smith
Also known asTone-Lōc
Born(1966-03-03) March 3, 1966 (age 47)
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresHip hop
OccupationsActor
Rapper
Producer
Years active1988–present
LabelsDelicious Vinyl
Rhino Entertainment
 
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Tone Lōc
Birth nameAnthony Terrell Smith
Also known asTone-Lōc
Born(1966-03-03) March 3, 1966 (age 47)
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresHip hop
OccupationsActor
Rapper
Producer
Years active1988–present
LabelsDelicious Vinyl
Rhino Entertainment

Anthony Terrell Smith (born March 3, 1966), better known by his stage name Tone Lōc or Tone-Lōc /ˈtn ˈlk/, is an American rapper and actor.

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Early life and career[edit]

Smith was born in Los Angeles, California, and is best known for his deep, gravelly voice and his million-selling hit singles, "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina".[1] Tone Lōc is also a voice actor, having voiced characters in several cartoon series. He also voiced Fud Wrapper, the host of the animatronic show Food Rocks, which played at Epcot from 1994 to 2004. In this latter role, he sang the song "Always Read the Wrapper", a parody of his own song "Funky Cold Medina". His song "Ace Is In The House" features in the films Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) and Ace Ventura Jr: Pet Detective (2009).

He provided vocals for FeFe Dobson for a track called "Rock It 'Til You Drop It" on her first album, 2003's Fefe Dobson.

Personal life[edit]

Tone Lōc was once a member of the street gang the Crips. He turned his life around when he decided to focus his energy on spitting rhymes. Tone Lōc has two sons, Bijan Smith and Anthony James Smith. Anthony was named for his father, and his middle name comes from his grandfather James Smith.

Legal issues[edit]

In December 2010, Lōc was arrested for DUI. He was released on bail claiming a medical condition caused a seizure.[2]

On June 18, 2011, Tone Lōc was arrested for felony domestic violence and possession of a Colt AR-15 Sporter rifle (restricted by California law)[3] after an altercation with the mother of his child.[4] He was released less than three hours later after posting $50,000 bail.[5][6] On October 3, 2011, he entered a plea of no contest to both charges, and was sentenced to one day in county jail, three years of probation, 52 weeks of anger management counseling and 30 days of community service.[7]

Health problems[edit]

On May 29, 2009, Lōc was rushed to a Florida hospital after collapsing during a concert. The rapper had ripped open his elbow when hitting the ground but was released the same day.[8]

On October 15, 2011, Lōc was hospitalized for exhaustion after collapsing on stage during a concert in Atlanta. He was taken to a local hospital where he was given an IV and rehydrated.[9]

On March 16, 2013, Lōc collapsed on stage at a performance at the Bridge Bash in Des Moines, Iowa.[10]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales threshold)
US
[11]
US R&B
[12]
AUS
[13]
AUT
[14]
NZ
[15]
SWE
[16]
SWI
[17]
UK
[18]
1989Lōc-ed After Dark13111011313022
1991Cool Hand Lōc
  • Release date: November 19, 1991
  • Label: Delicious Vinyl
4639
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US
[20]
US Rap
[21]
US R&B
[22]
US Dan
[23]
AUS
[24]
AUT
[25]
NZ
[26]
SWI
[27]
UK
[18]
1988"Wild Thing"22111512321Lōc-ed After Dark
1989"Funky Cold Medina"337881331313
1990"I Got It Goin' On"18592755
1991"All Through the Night" (featuring El DeBarge)8016Cool Hand Lōc
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Featured singles[edit]

YearSingleArtistPeak chart positionsAlbum
USUS R&B
1990"We're All in the Same Gang"West Coast Rap All-Stars3510Non-album song

Awards and Nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1989MTV Video Music AwardsBest Rap Video"Wild Thing"Nominated
1990Grammy AwardsBest New ArtistHimselfNominated
Best Rap Solo Performance"Funky Cold Medina"Nominated
American Music AwardsFavorite Rap/Hip-Hop ArtistHimselfNominated
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop AlbumLōc-ed After DarkNominated
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop New ArtistHimselfNominated
Favorite Dance New ArtistWon
1991Grammy AwardsBest Rap Performance by a Duo or Group"We're All in the Same Gang"Nominated

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1990The Adventures of Ford FairlaneSlam the Rapper
The Return of Superflyuncredited
1992FernGully: The Last RainforestGoannavoice
Bébé's KidsPee-Weevoice
1993PosseAngel
Poetic JusticeJ Bone
Surf NinjasLieutenant Spence
A Cool Like That ChristmasMarvinTV movie
1994Car 54, Where Are You?Hackman
Ace Ventura: Pet DetectiveEmilio
Blank CheckJuice
1995Crosstown TrafficKeiserTV movie
HeatRichard Torena
1996Spy HardGangster #1
1997Fakin' Da FunkFrog
1998Freedom StrikeTyler Haynes
2000Whispers: An Elephant's TaleMacho Bull
Titan A.E.Tek
2001Deadly RhapsodyJelly's Cousin
They CrawlClarence
2002Storm WatchRay
2006Totally AwesomeHimselfTV movie
2011White T produced & written by Blake PhillipsJerry

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1992-1994RocRonnie Paxton7 episodes
1994AladdinMagmaEpisode: "Smolder and Wiser"
1995Touched by an AngelAlbert TurnerEpisode: "Operation Smile"
NewsRadioSecurity Guard
Lorenzo
Episode: "Friends"
Episode: "Xmas Story"
1996-1997C-Bear and JamalC-BearLead role
1996Living SingleLester TateEpisode: "School's Out Forever"
1997Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every ChildDesmond BearEpisode: "Goldilocks and the Three Birds"
Dangerous MindsMr. SummersEpisode: "To'e Me Up, To'e Me Down"
1999Early EditionDerek 'D.J.' JohnsonEpisode: "Number One with a Bullet"
2000-2001Rude AwakeningLenny2 episodes
2001ThievesSpecial Agent Al Trundall
2002The DistrictJT BetancourtEpisode: "Twist of Hate"
Static ShockHydeEpisode: "Static Shag"
2004The WB's Superstar USAPanelist
2005King of the HillBouncerEpisode: "Smoking and the Bandit"
Yes, DearDaveEpisode: "Barbecue"
2008ChowderChestnut3 episodes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 561. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Tone Loc Pleads Not Guilty To Domestic Violence Charges". 
  3. ^ http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/forms/pdf/Cfl2007.pdf
  4. ^ Alan Duke. "Police: Tone Loc arrested after fight with his child's mother". Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Tone Loc arrested in domestic violence case". 
  6. ^ "Rapper Tone Loc arrested on domestic violence charge". 
  7. ^ "Rapper Tone Loc pleads no contest to domestic violence charge". 
  8. ^ Cyrus Langhorne (May 29, 2009). "Update: Tone Loc Recovering After Concert Seizure, Released From Hospital". 
  9. ^ Josh Grossberg (October 17, 2011). "Tone Loc collapses after playing 'Funky Cold Medina'". 
  10. ^ "Tone Loc collapses on stage at Bridge Bash". USA Today. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Tone-Loc Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Tone-Loc Album & Song Chart History - R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
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  14. ^ "austriancharts.at - Austria Top 40". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  15. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  16. ^ "swedishcharts.com - Swedish charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  18. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Tone Loc". chartstats.com. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  19. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - December 26, 2010: Tone-Loc certified albums". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Tone-Loc Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Tone-Loc : Allmusic : Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Tone-Loc Album & Song Chart History - R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Tone-Loc Album & Song Chart History - Dance/Club Play Songs". Billboard. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  24. ^ "australian-charts.com - Australian charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  25. ^ "austraiancharts.at - Austria Top 40". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  26. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  27. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  28. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - December 26, 2010: "Wild Thing" certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  29. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - December 26, 2010: "Funky Cold Medina" certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 

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