TODAY IN HIP HOP HISTORY: TONE LOC DROPPED HIS DEBUT ‘LOC-ED AFTER DARK’ LP 34 YEARS AGO
Written by Randy C on January 23, 2023
On this date in 1989, West Coast rap giant Tone Loc released his debut album Loc-ed After Dark on Delicious Vinyl Records. It was a huge success, making it to #1 on the Billboard 200 the week of April 15 and #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop album charts. It featured three hit singles — “Wild Thing,” “Funky Cold Medina,” and “I Got It Goin’ On” — and was certified Double Platinum by the RIAA.
Lōc-ed After Dark’s album cover is based on Donald Byrd’s 1963 record, A New Perspective.