Tone Loc

Genres: Action & Adventure Comedy Horror Kids & Family Sci-Fi / Fantasy Urban & Rap Westerns
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Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Anthony T. Smith, 3 March 1966, Los Angeles, California, USA. Tone-Loc, whose stage name is derived from his Spanish nickname, Antonio Loco, is a tongue-in-cheek Los Angeles artist. His hoarse raps boast of incredible personal sexual allure, allied to a background of smooth jazz, soul and blue beat. His debut album featured the two worldwide 1990 hits, ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘Funky Cold Medina’, both built on sparse rock samples. The songs were written by Marvin Young, aka Young MC, ‘Wild Thing’ going on to become America’s second biggest-selling single of all time. It also created one of the strangest moral panic scares of its era, when certain pundits suggested it gave rise to the ‘Wilding’ craze, where young black men prowled the streets in order to rob, rape and kill. This was simple paranoia, and clearly had nothing to do with the career of Smith, whose alarmingly deep, husky vocals always enabled a sense of humour and...

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