On this day, Jan. 23 in hip-hop history…

1989: Los Angeles rapper and actor Tone Lōc dropped his debut studio album, Lōc-ed After Dark, on Jan. 23, 1989 through Delicious Vinyl records.

Lōc-ed After Dark was critically acclaimed and a huge commercial success for the then 23-year-old L.A. spitter, and spawned two songs in particular, that you can still find being spun at block parties and clubs alike. Undoubtedly, the tracks, “Wild Thing,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the Young MC-penned “Funky Cold Medina," which reached No. 3 on the same chart, are both songs that Tone can still perform today to a mass of fans as two of the most recognizable party jams ever.

With the Lōc-ed After Dark album, the gravelly-voiced MC carved out a sound all his own thanks to the help of funk-infused bass lines and his clever art of storytelling. The 11-track LP, which was re-released with some remixed tracks in 2012, hit No. 1 on Billboard 200 in April of 1989 and went on to be one of the longest running No. 1 rap albums.

After Lōc-ed After Dark was certified double platinum by RIAA, the Delicious Vinyl artist followed up with a second (and final) album in 1991, Cool Hand Lōc. Now a voice actor for the most part, fans can hear Tone’s distinct pipes as the voice behind various cartoon characters and movie theme songs like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, but true hip-hop heads will always remember him as the Cali lyricist with a smooth style and pioneering sound.

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