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Tone-Loc Biography

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Genres: Electronica/Dance, Pop, Rap/Hip Hop, Rock

Anthony Terrell Smith was born on March 3, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, and is a rap artist and actor better known by his stage name Tone Loc. Known for his deep, hoarse voice, Tone Loc shot to fame with his massive hit singles, “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina.” Tone Loc's debut album, “Loc-ed After Dark” arrived in 1989 on Delicious Vinyl Records and was met with huge success based on the popularity of his two hit songs. The album is the second rap album to ever top the U.S Pop Charts. 1991 saw Loc's second offering, “Cool Hand Loc” emerge, which was not as commercially successful as its predecessor. In 1992, Loc decided to try his hand at acting and found success in voice over work as various cartoon characters. He has also appeared in the feature films: “Posse” and “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, in addition to the Fox sitcom “Roc” in 1993. Tone Loc also voiced the character, Fud Wrapper, the host of the animatronic show “Food Rocks.” in 2003, Tone Loc collaborated with FeFe Dobson on her debut album for the track “Rock It 'Til You Drop It.”

2010 and 2011 saw Tone Loc have some run-ins with the law which resulted in his arrest for drinking under the influence while driving and a domestic violence claim by the mother of his children. In October of 2011, Tone Loc experienced some health issues when he collapsed on stage while performing due to exhaustion and dehydration.