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Tone Lōc
Birth nameAnthony Terrell Smith
Also known asTone Lōc
Born (1966-03-03) March 3, 1966 (age 53)
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresHip hop, new jack swing
Voice Actor
Years active1987–present
LabelsDelicious Vinyl
Rhino Entertainment

Anthony Terrell Smith (born March 3, 1966), better known by his stage name Tone Lōc (/tn lk/), is an American rapper, actor, voice 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[edit]

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)[edit]

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.

Surf Ninjas (1993)[edit]

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

Tone Lōc's song "Ace Is in the House" (which samples AC/DC's song "T.N.T.") 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 "Fud 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 the Angel,[4] season 2 episode 8, which aired November 11, 1995.

Television, film and voice acting (1992–present)[edit]

Tone Lōc has performed in several feature films, including Poetic Justice, Blank Check and Posse.[5] 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,[5] and was featured in the animated film Bébé's Kids, playing the wise-cracking baby Pee Wee.[6] He voiced the character Lou the Goanna in the 1992 film FernGully: The Last Rainforest.[7] 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)[edit]

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,[8] 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.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Legal issues[edit]

In December 2010, Lōc was arrested for an alleged DUI. He was released on bail claiming a medical condition had caused a seizure.[5]

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,[10] restricted by California law,[11] but not involved in the domestic incident)[10] after an altercation with the mother of one of his children.[12] He was released less than three hours later after posting $50,000 bail.[13][14] 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.[10]

On the afternoon of March 23, 2019, Tone Loc was detained by the Midland Police Department in Midland, Texas for harassing and using profanity towards a minor.[15]

Health problems[edit]

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.[16] On May 29, 2009, he was rushed to a Florida hospital[17] after collapsing during a concert in Pensacola.[16] The rapper cut his elbow when he fell and was released the same day.[17] 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.[18] Another similar incident occurred in 2012.[19] On March 16, 2013, he collapsed onstage, at a performance at the Bridge Bash in Des Moines, Iowa,[19] but he refused hospital care.[16] 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.[20] He wears his signature sunglasses at every performance to help offset the likeliness of a seizure.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
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


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Rap
US Dan
1987 "On Fire"[39][40] single only[A]
1988 "Wild Thing" 2 2 1 1 15 1 23 21 Loc-ed After Dark
1989 "Funky Cold Medina" 3 3 7 8 8 13 3 13 13
"I Got It Goin' On" 18 59 52 27 55
1991 "All Through the Night"
(featuring El DeBarge)
80 16 Cool Hand Loc
1992 "Cool Hand Loc"[44]
1993 "Posse Love"[45] Posse (Soundtrack)
1994 "Ace Is In The House"[46] Ace Ventura (Soundtrack)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • A ^ a remix of this song was later included on Loc-ed After Dark

Featured singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak chart positions Album
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



Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Slam the Rapper
The Return of Superfly uncredited
1992 FernGully: The Last Rainforest Goanna[47] voice
Bébé's Kids Pee-Wee[47] 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 Heat Richard Torena
Crosstown Traffic Keiser TV movie
1996 Spy Hard Gangster #1
1997 Fakin' Da Funk Frog
1998 Freedom Strike Tyler Haynes
2000 Whispers: An Elephant's Tale Macho Bull[47]
Titan A.E. Tek[47] voice
Space Cowboys Photographer uncredited
2001 Deadly Rhapsody Jelly's Cousin
They Crawl Clarence
2002 Storm Watch Ray
2006 Totally Awesome Himself TV movie
Dreamweaver Sandman TV movie
2011 White T produced & written by Blake Phillips Jerry voice
2014 Not Cool Pedestrian #2 uncredited


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
Episode: "Friends"
Episode: "Xmas Story"
1996–1997 C-Bear and Jamal C-Bear[47] Lead role
1996 Living Single Lester Tate Episode: "School's Out Forever"
1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child The Giant / Desmond Bear Episode: "Jack and the Beanstalk"
Episode: "Goldilocks and the Three Bears"
Martin Himself Episode: "Ain't That About a Ditch"
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[47] Episode: "Static Shaq"
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[47] 3 episodes
2014 Uncle Grandpa Moon Man Episode: "Bezt Frends"

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Tone-Loc Biography (1966?-)".
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 561. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
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  5. ^ a b c Kaufman, Gil (July 15, 2011). "Tone Loc Pleads Not Guilty To Domestic Violence Charges". Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  6. ^ Tone Lōc on IMDb
  7. ^ "Update: Ferngully: the Last Rainforest (1992) Acting Credits". The New York Times Company. April 10, 1992.
  8. ^ Spanos, Brittany (March 29, 2016). "Salt-N-Pepa, Vanilla Ice to Headline 'I Love the '90s' Tour". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  9. ^ "I Love The 90s". Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  10. ^ a b c "Rapper Tone Loc pleads no contest to domestic violence charge". CNN. October 4, 2011. Archived from the original on October 10, 2011. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  11. ^ "California Firearms Laws" (PDF). Office of the Attorney General, California Dept. of Justice. 2007. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  12. ^ Duke, Alan (June 19, 2011). "Police: Tone Loc arrested after fight with his child's mother". CNN. Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Retrieved June 19, 2011.
  13. ^ "Tone Loc arrested in domestic violence case". Associated Press;; TODAY news services. June 19, 2011. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  14. ^ Martinez, Edecio (June 20, 2011). "Rapper Tone Loc arrested on domestic violence charge". Archived from the original on August 25, 2011. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  15. ^ Harrison, Haley. "FIRST ON CBS7: Rapper Tone Loc detained by Midland Police". Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  16. ^ a b c Newson, Kelly (March 17, 2013). "Lil Wayne, Tone Loc and Morrissey all under the doctor's watch". Guardian Liberty Voice. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  17. ^ a b Langhorne, Cyrus (May 29, 2009). "Update: Tone Loc Recovering After Concert Seizure, Released From Hospital". Archived from the original on December 12, 2013.
  18. ^ Grossberg, Josh (October 17, 2011). "Tone Loc collapses after playing 'Funky Cold Medina'".
  19. ^ a b "Tone Loc collapses onstage at Bridge Bash". Des Moines Register; USA Today. March 17, 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  20. ^ Dexter, Christopher; Ferguson, Danielle (November 26, 2016). "Tone Loc collapses on stage at Premier Center, later returns". Argus Leader. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
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  35. ^ "25 Years Ago This Week: October 8, 1989". Retrieved September 16, 2015. I Got It Goin' On
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  37. ^ "New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2010.
  38. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community" [The Official Swiss Hit Parade and Music Community]. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2010.
  39. ^ "Tone-Loc - On Fire / I Got It Goin' On".
  40. ^ "Tone-Loc - On Fire / Cheeba Cheeba".
  41. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - December 26, 2010: "Wild Thing" certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 26, 2010.
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  44. ^ "Tone-Loc - Cool Hand Loc".
  45. ^ "Tone-Loc - Posse Love".
  46. ^ "Tone-Loc - Ace Is In The House".
  47. ^ a b c d e f g

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