TONE LOC soared from obscurity into pop stardom in 1989 when his hoarse voice and unmistakable delivery made the song "Wild Thing" (using a sample from Van Halen's "Jamie's Cryin'") a massive hit winnning Grammy’s and countless other awards. The song Wild Thing was co-written by Marvin Young, better known as Young MC, as was the second single smash, "Funky Cold Medina." The album "Loc-ed After Dark" became the second rap release ever to top the pop charts and one of the most popular of all time.
Tone's popularity also grew with such notable film roles in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," "Heat," "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane," Poetic Justice," "Posse," "Surf Ninja's,” “Freedom Strike,” “1998,” “Titan A.E. 2000,” “Code Hunter,” “They Crawl,” “Fakin Da Funk,” “Spy Hard,” “Blank Check,” “Car 54- Where Are You?" and many others. Tone has been fortunate to play in a variety of roles, avoiding the typecasting that most rappers and singers are constantly fighting against.
Not limiting himself to just film, he has also been in demand for TV guest spots such as hit FOX-TV series "Roc," "Touched By An Angel," "News Radio," “Living Single,” “Martin,” “Early Edition” and a judge on WBN'S "You Can Be Star." Tone has also lent his voice to several projects including the voice for “Gatorade” “Old Spice” the animation feature films "BeBe Kids," "Ferngully," "The Last Rainforest" and "Jamar The Bear." Tone still has his voice on many commercials and television shows out today including the many radio spots and the cartoon commercials with Sierra Mist and Burger King airing all of 2009, across the country.
On March 26, 2007, TONE LOC was the #28 best selling title on eMusic...22 years after it's release!!!!
In 2009, Tone continues to tour many festivals, colleges, clubs and corporate events acrossAmerica. Because of his popularity and “clean” shows, he performs many of the top festivals across the country and recently finished a NIKE Tour which had thousands of foot race runners enjoy the shows while running.
Over the years Tone has performed with many artists such as N'Sync, Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, Boyz II Men, Naughty By Nature, Coolio, Young MC, Sugar Hill Gang, Digital Underground, Sir Mix-A-Lot and many others.