Tone Lōc

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Tone Lōc
Birth name Anthony Terrell Smith
Also known as Tone-Lōc
Born (1966-03-03) March 3, 1966 (age 48)
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Actor
Rapper
Producer
Years active 1988–present
Labels Delicious 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.

Early life and career[edit]

Smith was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Margaret, who managed a retirement home, and James Smith.[1] He is known for his deep, gravelly voice and his million-selling hit singles, "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina".[2] 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 SouthSide Compton Crips. He turned away from crime when he decided to focus on his rap career. Tone Lōc has five sons: Bijan Smith, Anthony James Smith, Tony Terrell Smith II, Sean Anthony Smith, and Stephen James Smith as well as one daughter named Tawny Smith . Anthony was named after his father, and his middle name comes from his grandfather James Smith. His brother Johnny Gadberry died in a car accident in Apr 28th 2006. His net worth is 4.5 million dollars. [3]

Legal issues[edit]

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

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)[5] after an altercation with the mother of his child.[6] He was released less than three hours later after posting $50,000 bail.[7][8] 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]

Health problems[edit]

On May 29, 2009, Lōc was rushed to a Florida hospital after collapsing during a concert. The rapper had cut his elbow when he fell, and was released the same day.[10]

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[clarification needed] and rehydrated.[11]

On March 16, 2013, Lōc collapsed on stage at a performance at the Bridge Bash in Des Moines, Iowa.[12]

On December 6, 2013, Lōc collapsed on stage during a performance in San Francisco.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[13]
US R&B
[14]
AUS
[15]
AUT
[16]
NZ
[17]
SWE
[18]
SWI
[19]
UK
[20]
1989 Lōc-ed After Dark 1 3 11 10 11 31 30 22
1991 Cool Hand Lōc
  • Release date: November 19, 1991
  • Label: Delicious Vinyl
46 39
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US
[22]
US Rap
[23]
US R&B
[24]
US Dan
[25]
AUS
[26]
AUT
[27]
NZ
[28]
SWI
[29]
UK
[20]
1988 "Wild Thing" 2 2 1 1 15 1 23 21 Lōc-ed After Dark
1989 "Funky Cold Medina" 3 3 7 8 8 13 3 13 13
1990 "I Got It Goin' On" 18 59 27 55
1991 "All Through the Night" (featuring El DeBarge) 80 16 Cool Hand Lōc
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Featured singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak chart positions Album
US US R&B
1990 "We're All in the Same Gang" West Coast Rap All-Stars 35 10 Non-album song

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1989 MTV Video Music Awards Best Rap Video "Wild Thing" Nominated
1990 Grammy Awards Best New Artist Himself Nominated
Best Rap Solo Performance "Funky Cold Medina" Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Himself Nominated
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album Lōc-ed After Dark Nominated
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop New Artist Himself Nominated
Favorite Dance New Artist Won
1991 Grammy Awards Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group "We're All in the Same Gang" Nominated

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Slam the Rapper
The Return of Superfly uncredited
1992 FernGully: The Last Rainforest Goanna voice
Bébé's Kids Pee-Wee voice
1993 Posse Angel
Poetic Justice J Bone
Surf Ninjas Lieutenant Spence
A Cool Like That Christmas Marvin TV movie
1994 Car 54, Where Are You? Hackman
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Emilio
Blank Check Juice
1995 Crosstown Traffic Keiser TV movie
Heat Richard Torena
1996 Spy Hard Gangster #1
1997 Fakin' Da Funk Frog
1998 Freedom Strike Tyler Haynes
2000 Whispers: An Elephant's Tale Macho Bull
Titan A.E. Tek
2001 Deadly Rhapsody Jelly's Cousin
They Crawl Clarence
2002 Storm Watch Ray
2006 Totally Awesome Himself TV movie
2011 White T produced & written by Blake Phillips Jerry

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Earth Day Special Himself
1992-1994 Roc Ronnie Paxton 7 episodes
1994 Aladdin Magma Episode: "Smolder and Wiser"
1995 Touched by an Angel Albert Turner Episode: "Operation Smile"
NewsRadio Security Guard
Lorenzo
Episode: "Friends"
Episode: "Xmas Story"
1996-1997 C-Bear and Jamal C-Bear Lead role
1996 Living Single Lester Tate Episode: "School's Out Forever"
1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Desmond Bear Episode: "Goldilocks and the Three Birds"
Dangerous Minds Mr. Summers Episode: "To'e Me Up, To'e Me Down"
1999 Early Edition Derek 'D.J.' Johnson Episode: "Number One with a Bullet"
2000-2001 Rude Awakening Lenny 2 episodes
2001 Thieves Special Agent Al Trundall
2002 The District JT Betancourt Episode: "Twist of Hate"
Static Shock Hyde Episode: "Static Shag"
2004 The WB's Superstar USA Panelist
2005 King of the Hill Bouncer Episode: "Smoking and the Bandit"
Yes, Dear Dave Episode: "Barbecue"
2008 Chowder Chestnut 3 episodes
2014 Uncle Grandpa Moon Man Episode: "Bezt Frends"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/0/Tone-Loc.html
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 561. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ ?
  4. ^ "Tone Loc Pleads Not Guilty To Domestic Violence Charges". 
  5. ^ http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/forms/pdf/Cfl2007.pdf
  6. ^ Alan Duke (June 19, 2011). "Police: Tone Loc arrested after fight with his child's mother". CNN. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Tone Loc arrested in domestic violence case". 
  8. ^ "Rapper Tone Loc arrested on domestic violence charge". [dead link]
  9. ^ "Rapper Tone Loc pleads no contest to domestic violence charge". CNN. October 4, 2011. 
  10. ^ Cyrus Langhorne (May 29, 2009). "Update: Tone Loc Recovering After Concert Seizure, Released From Hospital". 
  11. ^ Josh Grossberg (October 17, 2011). "Tone Loc collapses after playing 'Funky Cold Medina'". 
  12. ^ "Tone Loc collapses on stage at Bridge Bash". USA Today. March 17, 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Tone-Loc Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Tone-Loc Album & Song Chart History - R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  15. ^ "australian-charts.com - Australian charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  16. ^ "austriancharts.at - Austria Top 40". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  17. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  18. ^ "swedishcharts.com - Swedish charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  20. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Tone Loc". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on January 19, 2013. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  21. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - December 26, 2010: Tone-Loc certified albums". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Tone-Loc Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Tone-Loc : Allmusic : Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Tone-Loc Album & Song Chart History - R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Tone-Loc Album & Song Chart History - Dance/Club Play Songs". Billboard. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  26. ^ "australian-charts.com - Australian charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  27. ^ "austraiancharts.at - Austria Top 40". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  28. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  29. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  30. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - December 26, 2010: "Wild Thing" certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  31. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - December 26, 2010: "Funky Cold Medina" certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 

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