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RadioScope Reheat: Tone Lōc called out labelmate Young MC in 1989 | Listen/Watch

Tone Lōc celebrates his 57th birthday today

*Pour yourself some funky cold medina for a birthday toast to Tone Lōc, who turns 57 today (03-03-23).

We grabbed an interview with the 80s/90s icon in the midst of his sudden success with “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina,” the first two singles from his then-forthcoming debut album, “Lōc-ed After Dark.” The rapper told us that “Wild Thing” was initially the album’s lone dance/guitar-laced track specifically targeting the clubs, and how its carbon copy, “Funky Cold Medina,” was only rushed into existence to ride the coattails of “Wild Thing” once it became a phenomenon. At the time, his Delicious Vinyl labelmate, Young MC, claimed to have written both singles. In this 1989 Radioscope Reheat, the gravelly-voiced emcee said that wasn’t entirely true.

Tone Loc points at Young MC at Studio 54, Sept. 4, 2010
Young MC (L) and Tone Loc arrive at Studio 54 inside the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on September 5, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Sept. 4, 2010 – Source: Jacob Andrzejczak/Getty Images North America)

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Our interview with Tone Lōc, born Anthony Terrell Smith, took place at his home in Los Angeles, and he somehow managed to show up late! Listen to the full, unedited Radioscope interview with Tone Lōc below to find out who actually met us when we arrived. Plus, hear the overnight sensation talk about his gang affiliation, hip hop switching from gold chains to afrocentric medallions, being mobbed by fans and much more.

Let’s do it…

And he’s still doing it…

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