Today we present you with a brief and informational text of a character from the 80s that had a boom and fall quite fast, but left a couple of songs to remember.
He is one of the most influential black rappers of the late 80s: Anthony Terrell Smith, best known in the musical world by Tone Lōc.
We are going to touch on the subject of his wealth, his finances and career path. Besides that, we will also talk about his personal life and struggles he faced climbing up to the top.
So, if you are curious to find out more, here is a perfect opportunity to do that.
Anthony Terrell Smith was born on March 3rd 1966 in L.A. California. His mother’s name was Margaret and she was a manager at a retirement home while his father was James Smith.
Born in Los Angeles, he had a very difficult childhood and adolescence, in a completely unstructured social environment, to the point that he became a relevant member of the urban band SouthSide Compton Crips.
Fortunately, at some point he discovered rap and decided that that was his thing, leaving the street and his thugs to focus on his musical career. His deep voice and personal style made things easier for him from the beginning, at a time when rap was taking off commercially in the US.
When it comes to more information about his personal life, there aren’t any. We only know that this talented rapper grew up on the streets of Los Angeles, where he probably practiced music and rapping, until he managed to get a break on the music scene.
His career started in 1989 when he released his debut album called Loc-ed After Dark. The album came out on January the same year and the song Wild Thing became a smash hit. It was constantly played on MTC channel and the audience simply adored it.
Another song that came out on this album was the song Funky Cold Medina. The song is still an evergreen and there is practically no one who doesn’t know this song.
This song that is one of the two for which it is really remembered all over the world, and it is called “Funky Cold Medina”. Belongs to his first LP “Lōc-ed After Dark” (which reached number 1 on the Billboard 200 list of long-playing records in the US, something unusual for a rapper) and reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 list USA and in New Zealand, 8 in Australia and 13 in the United Kingdom, Austria and Switzerland among others. In Spain, he slipped into the 16th place on the AFYVE singles sales list on August 28, 1989.
After the success of his first album, Tone was out of this world from luck and he finally felt like his music is being appreciated by the audiences around the world. His debut album managed to get up to number 1 on the US top lists and became platinum twice.
His second album called Cool Hand Loc came out in 1991. The most popular song on the album was the song All Through The Night. Even though his first album was an absolute success, the stream of good luck didn’t continue. His second album only managed to reach number 80 on the Billboard 100 but it was still played on MTV.
Besides releasing two albums, Tone decided to make music for movies. He created a song Ace is in the House for a movie Ace Ventura: Pet Detective that came out in 1994 and for a sequel that came out in 2009.
He also borrowed his voice for Fefe Dobson for a song called Rock it til you drop it for an album of hers that cam out in 2003. Tone was a part of the animated movie called Food Rocks where he borrowed his vice for Fud Wrapper.
Movies are another love of his so he appeared in several during the course of his career. The appeared in Poetic Justice, Posse and Blank Check. He also gave his voice to animated characters like C-Bear, King of the Hill and Jamal. His character also appeared on Bebe’s Kids as a Pee Wee baby.
His voice has often been used on Cartoon Network, Uncle Grandpa and Chowder. Right now, this talented rapper is a part of a tour called I Love 90s tour and he has been performing on the tour since 2016. The tour is being held all around US and he mostly performs his old hits from the nineties.
Another tour he joined in 2017 was the I Love 90s: The Party Continues tour. His songs are the staples of nineties music, which was a logical reason to get him on the stage of this popular tour. Judging by the fact that nineties are making a comeback right now, his songs are now being reborn and listened to again.
When it comes to his net worth, some estimate that his net worth is around 1$. It is very hard to say an exact number because he has been performing for a long time and he constantly has new projects lining up. Therefore this number is an estimated amount and nothing more.
Tone had a very difficult childhood and he often expresses his opinion about the times he grew up in. this only gave him strength and motivated him to become better at what he does. He grew up on the streets of L.A. which was a tough thing even back then. His talent and desire to succeed was the only thing that got him out of the gutter.
Even though he is considered to be a one hit wonder, his songs are still being played by radio and TV stations, which means he made a big impact on the musical scene in the nineties. Probably the most iconic song will be Funky Cold Medina that often gets used by other rappers as an inspiration for future projects.
Tone Lōc, like any self-respecting rapper, has several convictions for domestic violence, possession of weapons (his latest acquisition was a Colt AR-15 sport rifle, banned in California) and drug use. The most recent is from 2011, so it seems that the boy is incorrigible.
On the other hand, he enjoys poor health of iron, and it is not the first time that he falls apart in full concert and is injured when he falls from the stage. It usually ends up in the hospital and with another scar on the body.
His health problems have been a topic of arguments by many. He often collapses from the stage, but not all of these collapses are due to his seizures. Many suspect that he has been using drugs and that the collapses happen because of them.
This happened on many occasions in the past, therefore he chooses to wear sunglasses to limit the possibility of a seizure happening to him. They have become his staple piece on stage and everyone knows him for them.
The song “Funky Cold Medina” is about a supposed aphrodisiac potion that Tone Lōc gets, first test with his dog (who, consequently, becomes a Romeo among his canine congeners) but, when making use of it, he is involved in various bizarre events (he joins a transsexual, with a woman who wants to marry him from the first day, etc.) and finally decides that it is useless and throws it around. The funny thing is that the song and the product provoked a barrage of cocktails in the fashionable bars with the name “Funky Cold Medina”.
In 2010, he was arrested on DUI allegations. He came out of the prison after paying the bail, because he said that he suffered from a seizure. In 2011, he was again in the media spotlight because he was accused of domestic violence. He was again released on bail and was later sentenced on one day in jail and 30 days of community service.
The rapper has one daughter and five sons. We can say that he is a pretty lucky many when it comes to family. One thing that will always haunt him is how fast he reached the top of the charts and how quickly he came down from them.
His first album was an absolute success, while all the other albums and songs that came out later were not so great. Most of his net worth now comes from performances on tours and from the rights to his songs. Since this rapper is in his fifties, we probably won’t see him releasing new music.
He will probably retire soon, especially since his health hasn’t been the greatest lately. If this happens to be the case, then we can still enjoy his great hits from the nineties and also enjoy his performances on the tour.
Full name: Anthony Terrell Smith
Date of birth: March 3rd 1966
Birthplace: L.A. California
Profession: Singer, Rapper, Voice actor
Height: 1.80 m
Net Worth: $1 million