Loc'ed After Dark
Vinyl LP Record [3LP]
Tone-Loc, born Anthony Smith, soared from obscurity into pop stardom in 1989 when his hoarse voice and unmistakable delivery made the song "Wild Thing" a massive hit. The song used a sample from Van Halen's "Jamie's Cryin", was co-written by a pre-fame Young MC, and turned Tone's debut record into a major success. The album "Loc-ed After Dark" was only the second rap album ever to reach #1 on Billboard's album charts (The Beastie Boys' "Licensed to Ill" was the first). "Loc-ed" featured quality beats and rhymes, including some of the earliest productions by the legendary Dust Brothers. Loc's distinctively rough, raspy voice and easygoing delivery made him an appealing storyteller, but he was aiming for the streets more than the pop charts. So there's the occasional profanity, the stalker-tinger title track, and "Cheeba Cheeba," which made waves at the time as one of the earliest pro-marijuana raps on record (of course, this was years before Cypress Hill, and Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" campaign was still fresh in the public's mind). The secondary singles "Funky Cold Medina (also a major hit), "I Got It Goin' On" and "On Fire" (the latter the first record ever released on Delicious Vinyl) are all tight tracks as well. Tone-Loc expanded his horizons into acting in 1992, landing roles on the TV series "Roc" and in films including Jim Carrey's breakthrough flick "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective".