Album: Loc-ed After Dark
Label: Delicious Vinyl
Producer: Matt Dike, Michael Ross

“I had a killer telephone voice,” Tone Loc once said, in explanation of his success. And he had a killer track, produced by LA DJ Matt Dike, who had broader taste than any producer in hip-hop at the time. You need a pretty refined sense of fun and games to create a danceable rap song based on Van Halen's “Jamie's Cryin'.” The verses were written by Delicious Vinyl's in-house hit maker Young MC, and the hook was based on something Fab 5 Freddy said in a Spike Lee movie, but “Wild Thing” belongs wholly to the smog-clogged speech of one former Crip turned lovable lothario. In other words, the "telephone voice.”