Tone Loc

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Tone Loc
Birth nameAnthony Terrell Smith
Also known asTone Lōc
Born (1966-03-03) March 3, 1966 (age 55)
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • actor
  • producer
Years active1987–present
Labels Delicious Vinyl
Rhino Entertainment

Anthony Terrell Smith (born March 3, 1966), better known by his stage name Tone Lōc ( /tnlk/ ), is an American rapper, actor and producer. [1] He is known for his raspy voice, his hit songs "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina", for which he was nominated for a Grammy Award, and for being featured in "We're All in the Same Gang", a collaborative single by the West Coast Rap All-Stars.


Early life

Anthony Terrell Smith was born March 3, 1966, in Los Angeles, California, the son of Margaret, who managed a retirement home, and James Smith. [2]


Mainstream success, (1989–1991)

Tone Lōc's debut album, Lōc-ed After Dark , was released in January 1989. The video for the first single, "Wild Thing," became a staple on MTV in the US. The song rose to No. 2 on the US Hot 100, and the top twenty in Australia. The second single, "Funky Cold Medina," also became a hit. It reached the top 5 in the US, peaking at No. 3; the top ten in Australia; and the top twenty in the UK. [3]

Lōc-ed After Dark reached No. 1 in the US. Since its release, has been certified 2x platinum there.

Tone Lōc's second album Cool Hand Lōc was released in November 1991. The album's first single was "All Through the Night", which found moderate success, reaching #80 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #16 on the Rap Songs chart. It received frequent airplay on MTV and BET.

Ace Ventura Pet Detective franchise, and other endeavors (1994–2004)

Tone Lōc's song "Ace Is in the House" (which samples the Beastie Boys song "No Sleep till Brooklyn") is featured in the films Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) and Ace Ventura Jr: Pet Detective (2009).

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

Tone Lōc also voiced "Fūd Wrapper", the host of the animatronic show Food Rocks . This was played at Epcot from 1994 to 2004. In this latter role, he sang the song "Always Read the Wrapper", a parody of his second hit single "Funky Cold Medina".

He appeared as Albert in Touched by an Angel , season 2 episode 8, which aired November 11, 1995.

Television, film and voice acting (1992–present)

Tone Lōc has performed in several feature films, including Poetic Justice , Blank Check and Posse . [4] As a voice actor, Tone Lōc has voiced characters in several television cartoon series such as King of the Hill and C-Bear and Jamal , [4] and was featured in the animated film Bébé's Kids , playing the wise-cracking baby Pee Wee. [5] He voiced the character Lou the Goanna in the 1992 film FernGully: The Last Rainforest . [6] He has also provided his signature voice for episodes of Uncle Grandpa , and Chowder, both airing on Cartoon Network.

I Love the 90s Tour (2016–present)

Currently, he is among the list of performers on the I Love the 90s tour which has performed worldwide from April 2016 to the present, [7] as well as having featured appearances on the I Love the 90s: The Party Continues tour from July 2017 to September 2017. Both tours invite attendees to reminisce about the trend-setting decade with some of the most iconic figures in rap, hip hop and R&B. [8]

Personal life

In December 2010, Lōc was arrested for an alleged DUI. He was released on bail claiming a medical condition had caused a seizure. [4]

On June 18, 2011, Tone Lōc was arrested for felony domestic violence and felony possession of an assault weapon (a Colt AR-15 Sporter rifle, [9] restricted by California law, [10] but not involved in the domestic incident) [9] after an altercation with the mother of one of his children. [11] He was released less than three hours later after posting $50,000 bail. [12] [13] 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. [9]

On March 23, 2019, Tone Loc was detained by the Midland Police Department in Midland, Texas. [14]

Health problems

Tone Lōc has collapsed onstage multiple times since 1995; some if not all of these collapses have been due to seizures, according to at least one report. [15] On May 29, 2009, he was rushed to a Florida hospital [16] after collapsing during a concert in Pensacola. [15] The rapper cut his elbow when he fell and was released the same day. [16] On October 15, 2011, he was hospitalized for exhaustion after collapsing onstage during a concert in Atlanta. He was taken to a local hospital where he was intravenously rehydrated. [17] Another similar incident occurred in 2012. [18] On March 16, 2013, he collapsed onstage, at a performance at the Bridge Bash in Des Moines, Iowa, [18] but he refused hospital care. [15] He collapsed onstage on December 6, 2013, during a performance in San Francisco, California, and collapsed again on November 26, 2016, during a performance in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but he later returned to the stage. [19] He wears his signature sunglasses at every performance to help reduce the likelihood of a seizure.


Studio albums

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Lōc-ed After Dark 131141011313022
Cool Hand Lōc
  • Release date: November 19, 1991
  • Label: Delicious Vinyl
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


TitleYearPeak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Rap
US Dan
[34] [35]
"On Fire" [40] [41] 1987single only [upper-alpha 1]
"Wild Thing"1988223115712321Loc-ed After Dark
"Funky Cold Medina"198933788131031313
"I Got It Goin' On"18595292755
"All Through the Night"
(featuring El DeBarge)
19918016Cool Hand Loc
"Cool Hand Loc" [45] 1992
"Posse Love" [46] 1993 Posse soundtrack
"Ace Is in the House" [47] 1994 Ace Ventura soundtrack
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. A remix of this song was later included on Loc-ed After Dark.
TitleYearArtistPeak chart positionsAlbum
"We're All in the Same Gang"1990West Coast Rap All-Stars3510Non-album song

Awards and nominations

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



1990 The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Slam the Rapper
The Return of Superfly uncredited
1992 FernGully: The Last Rainforest Goanna [48] voice
Bébé's Kids Pee-Wee [48] voice
1993 Posse Angel
Poetic Justice J Bone
Surf Ninjas Lieutenant Spence
A Cool Like That ChristmasMarvinTV movie
1994 Car 54, Where Are You? Hackman
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Emilio
Blank Check Juice
1995 Heat Richard Torena
Crosstown Traffic KeiserTV movie
1996 Spy Hard Gangster #1
1997 Fakin' Da Funk Frog
1998Freedom StrikeTyler Haynes
2000 Whispers: An Elephant's Tale Macho Bull [48]
Titan A.E. Tek [48] voice
Space Cowboys Photographeruncredited
2001Deadly RhapsodyJelly's Cousin
They Crawl Clarence
2002 Storm Watch
2004Jack and The BeanstalkRay
2006 Totally Awesome HimselfTV movie
DreamweaverSandmanTV movie
2011White TJerryvoice
2014Not CoolPedestrian #2uncredited


1990 The Earth Day Special Himself
1992-1994 Roc Ronnie Paxton7 episodes
1994 Aladdin MagmaEpisode: "Smolder and Wiser"
1995 Touched by an Angel Albert TurnerEpisode: "Operation Smile"
NewsRadio Security Guard
Episode: "Friends"
Episode: "Xmas Story"
1996–1997 C-Bear and Jamal C-Bear [48] Lead role
1996 Living Single Lester TateEpisode: "School's Out Forever"
1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child The Giant / Desmond BearEpisode: "Jack and the Beanstalk"
Episode: "Goldilocks and the Three Bears"
Martin HimselfEpisode: "Ain't That About a Ditch"
Dangerous Minds Mr. SummersEpisode: "To'e Me Up, To'e Me Down"
1999 Early Edition Derek 'D.J.' JohnsonEpisode: "Number One with a Bullet"
2000–2001 Rude Awakening Lenny2 episodes
2001 Thieves Special Agent Al Trundall
2002 The District JT BetancourtEpisode: "Twist of Hate"
Static Shock Hyde [48] Episode: "Static Shaq"
2004 The WB's Superstar USA Panelist
2005 King of the Hill BouncerEpisode: "Smoking and the Bandit"
Yes, Dear DaveEpisode: "Barbecue"
2008 Chowder Chestnut [48] 3 episodes
2014 Uncle Grandpa Moon ManEpisode: "Bezt Frends"

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