- Tone-Loc, with GhettoBlaster, Friday, April 6, 8 p.m., thesocial719.com.
The latter, in all likelihood, prevented more pregnancies than it produced, despite fetching lyrics like “Gave some to my dog, when he began to beg / Then he licked his bowl, and he looked at me / And did the wild thing on my leg.”
“Funky Cold Medina” earned Tone-Loc a nomination for Best Rap Performance at the 1990 Grammys, where it went up against De La Soul’s “Me Myself and I,” Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” Young MC’s “Bust a Move” and DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s “I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson.” As it turned out, Young MC (who’d written both “Bust a Move” and “Funky Cold Medina”) took home the award and has since released seven additional albums.
Tone-Loc, meanwhile, has been comparatively quiet, his deep gravelly voice more often heard in animated features like FernGully than on hip-hop radio. But who else among us can lay claim to two platinum hits (“Wild Thing” being the other) that have been sampled by the likes of Eric B & Rakim, Jody Watley and Black Eyed Peas?
Tone-Loc’s most recent Colorado performance, as part of the I Love the ‘90s Tour, was limited to a two-song set, but expect him to dive deeper when he headlines Colorado Springs’ newest venue. Arrive on time and you can also catch an opening set by Nebraska-based tribute band GhettoBlaster, who play live versions of old-school rap hits like “Gangsta’s Paradise,” “The Humpty Dance” and, yes, “Bust a Move.”