Throwback: Tone Loc-Wild Thing


Tone L?c’s “Wild Thing” was one of three singles on his 1989 debut album L?c-ed After Dark. The raspy-voiced rapper from Los Angeles collaborated with Young MC on the song inspired by Fab Five Freddy’s dialogue in Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It. Freddy had asked a woman to do the “wild thing” which was slang for sex. Michael Ross co-produced “Wild Thing” and founded Delicious Vinyl with Matt Dike asked Young MC to work with Tone L?c on a song based on the phrase after hearing it in the movie. The lyrics were simple but conveyed an adult topic in a way that was safe for radio. Dike and Ross sampled Van Halen’s “Jamie’s Cryin,'” “The Dogs” and the trailer from Lee’s film, and the Rocky Raccoon tribute for the beat. “Wild Thing” took off and became one of the era’s biggest hits. Tamra Davis directed the video and used Robert Palmer’s “Addicted To Love” visual as the prototype and “Wild Thing” was played on MTV around the clock. Tracy Camilla Johns, who starred in She’s Gotta Have It, appeared in the video. “Wild Thing” still has a pulse in the culture having been sampled 72 times most recently on Rico Nasty’s track “Money” feat Flo Milli.  Snoop Dogg and Bob Sinclair recorded an electro version of the song released in 2012. Tone Loc still tours and did a show at the Mohegan Sun Casino with Flavor Flav, Kid N Play, and more in January.