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. 



Media Questions Of The Week

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Afro Nation Returning To Detroit

Afro Nation is returning to Detroit this year for Afro Nation Detroit 2024. The inaugural 2023 festival was well-received in the Motor City with performances from Burna Boy, Coi Leray, Masego, Ari Lennox, Def Loaf, and more. The festival featured sets from various Afro-diasporic artists representing Afrobeats, hip-hop and R&B. Thousands attended the event at Bedrock’s Douglass Site formerly known as the Brewster Projects where Diana Ross grew up. The lineup for this year has not been announced yet but fans can register for priority tickets at Afro Nation has already established itself as the world’s largest Afrobeats festival with previous stops in Miami, Ghana, and Puerto Rico. Afro Nation Detroit 2024 is presented by Bedrock and The Malachite Group. Fans can follow Afro Nation’s US Instagram to get updates. Afro Nation Detroit 2024 will take place August 17th-18th. 

Freaknik Documentary Coming To Hulu

Hulu dropped the trailer for Freaknik: The Wildest Party Never Told today. The documentary is about the HBCU picnic in Atlanta that turned into a cultural phenomenon. Uncle Luke, Jermaine Dupri, and 21 Savage executive produced the film. The humble get-together that started in 1982 at John A. White Park in Atlanta with less than 200 attendees grew into a giant street party of more than 300,000 in five years. The name itself was inspired by “Le Freak” by Chic. Initially, there were dance contests, a film festival, concerts, and a job fair. The introduction of Uncle Luke with his 2 Live Crew in 1991 took the picnic into a place where Marc Lamont Hill, Killer Mike, and Uncle Luke are some of the commentators who talk about Freaknik which officially ended in 1999. Freaknik: The Wildest Party Never Told airs March 21st on Hulu.