Cool Hand Lōc

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Cool Hand Lōc
Cool Hand Loc.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 19, 1991 (1991-11-19)
Studio
  • Power Play Studios
  • Cherokee Studios
GenreHip hop
Length50:22
LabelDelicious Vinyl
Producer
Tone Lōc chronology
Lōc-ed After Dark
(1989)
Cool Hand Lōc
(1991)
Singles from Cool Hand Lōc
  1. "All Through the Night"
    Released: 1991

Cool Hand Lōc is the second studio album by American rapper Tone Lōc. It was released on November 19, 1991 via Delicious Vinyl.[1] Production was handled by Michael Ross, Matt Dike, Tony Joseph, Quicksilver, Def Jef, Sir Jinx and Tone Loc himself, with co-production from M. Walk and William Michael Tate. It features guest appearances from Kenyatta, Def Jef, El DeBarge and MC Wink Dog. The album peaked at number 46 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Its lead single, "All Through the Night", peaked at number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]

Alex Henderson of AllMusic gave the album 3 stars out of 5, calling it "a respectable and satisfying effort".[1] Alan Light of Rolling Stone wrote, "Cool Hand Lōc includes several love songs, which are rescued from sappiness by Loc's seductive, slow-rolling delivery; these are balanced by a couple of Ice-T-style gangsta tales".[3] James Bernard of Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Tone-Loc has a lot to prove and Cool Hand Lōc aches with this need. As raspy as ever, Loc tries to break from his party-party image and convince us that he's a product of the concrete jungle (as on the engaging, bouncy "Funky West Side") and a hustler to boot (as on the lackluster "Pimp Without a Caddy"). "Fatal Attraction" recaptures the playful storytelling and catchy hooks of "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina". But there's not much else that promises to reclaim what Loc once had: The two slow love jams he throws in will neither enhance his street image nor make an R&B-flavored romantic rapper like Heavy D".[2]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Funky Westside" (featuring Kenyatta)
  • Michael Ross
  • Matt Dike
4:50
2."Pimp Without a Caddy"
  • Smith
  • Ross
  • Mark Walker
  • Michael Ross
  • M. Walk (co.)
  • William Michael Tate (co.)
5:09
3."I Adore You"4:22
4."All Through the Night" (featuring El DeBarge)
  • Smith
  • Anthony Joseph
  • Eric Johnson
  • Tone Loc
  • Tony Joseph
  • Quicksilver
4:55
5."Fatal Attraction"
  • Michael Ross
  • Matt Dike
4:03
6."I Joke but I Don't Play"
  • Smith
  • Ross
  • Dike
  • Frederick White
  • Orlando Aguillen
  • Michael Ross
  • Matt Dike
4:26
7."Freaky Behavior" (featuring Kenyatta)
  • Michael Ross
  • Matt Dike
4:40
8."Mean Green" (featuring Def Jef)
5:24
9."Why"
  • Smith
  • Joseph
  • Johnson
  • Tony Joseph
  • Quicksilver
4:58
10."Hip-Hop It Is Kinda Different" (featuring MC Wink Dog)
  • Smith
  • Anthony Atkinson
  • Joseph
  • Johnson
  • Tone Loc
  • Tony Joseph
  • Quicksilver
5:00
11."Funky Westside Reprise" (featuring Kenyatta)
  • Smith
  • Ross
  • Dike
  • Michael Ross
  • Matt Dike
2:30

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[4] 39
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[5] 46

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Henderson, Alex. "Cool Hand Loc - Tone-Loc". AllMusic. Retrieved February 20, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Bernard, James (November 22, 1991). "Cool Hand Loc". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Light, Alan (November 28, 1991). "Tone Loc: Cool Hand Loc". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on November 4, 2007. Retrieved February 20, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Tone Loc – Cool Hand Loc" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  5. ^ "Tone Loc Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 20, 2021.

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