Marvin Jones III (born July 9, 1976), also known as Krondon, is an American rapper and actor from Los Angeles, California.[1] He is a member of the group Strong Arm Steady, along with rappers Phil Da Agony and Mitchy Slick. As an actor Jones is known for his portrayal of the character Tobias Whale in The CW superhero television series Black Lightning.

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Krondon performing in 2010
Marvin Jones III

(1976-07-09) July 9, 1976 (age 44)
  • actor
  • songwriter
Years active2003–present
Musical career
GenresHip hop
LabelsBlacksmith Records
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

Jones grew up in South Central, Los Angeles.[1] He is an African American with albinism.[2]


Music careerEdit

Strong Arm Steady formed in 2003,[3] and released its debut album Deep Hearted in 2007 followed by the mixtape Gang Mentality, the conceptual album In Search of Stoney Jackson and their most recent installment, Arms & Hammers.[3]

Krondon's debut album, Everything’s Nothing, came out in 2013.[4][5]

Krondon collaborated with Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra Creative Partners) under the group name White Boiz, releasing the 2015 album Neighborhood Wonderful on Stones Throw Records.[6][7]

Krondon also ghostwrites for other rappers, such as Snoop Dogg,[3] Dr. Dre, and Xzibit.[4][5]


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Harry's Law Castor Mukasa
2018–present Black Lightning Tobias Whale Series regular
2018 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Tombstone (voice)
2020 Into the Dark Orderly Episode: "The Current Occupant"

Krondon appeared in a 2011 episode of Harry's Law.[4][8]

Krondon was cast as villain Tobias Whale in The CW's Black Lightning.[4][9] Like the fictional Whale, Krondon in real-life is an African-American with albinism.[1][3][4][5][10]


With Strong Arm SteadyEdit

Solo DiscographyEdit

  • 2003: Strong Arm Steady Presents... Krondon – Black Goldmember Vol. 1
  • 2003: Black Goldmember Vol. 2
  • 2010: Let 'Em Live
  • 2013: Everything's Nothing

With Shafiq Husayn (White Boiz)Edit

  • 2015: Neighborhood Wonderful


  1. ^ a b c "5 Things You Didn't Know About Marvin Krondon Jones III". 18 August 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  2. ^ Nat (2017-08-18). "5 Things You Didn't Know About Marvin Krondon Jones III". TVOvermind. Retrieved 2019-04-13.
  3. ^ a b c d "Strong Arm Steady". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e "'Black Lighting' Casts L.A. Rapper Krondon as Big Bad Tobias Whale". Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "'Black Lightning' Taps Rapper Krondon as Key Villain". Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  6. ^ "White Boiz | Discography | Discogs". 2 October 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Krondon And Shafiq Husayn Are WHITE BOIZ | Stones Throw Records". Stones Throw Records. 2 October 2015.
  8. ^ "American Dreams". 28 February 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2018 – via
  9. ^ Chavez, Danette. "Don't worry about the crossovers—Black Lightning doesn't need any other heroes". Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  10. ^ Bryant, Jacob (10 August 2017). "'Black Lightning': Marvin 'Krondon' Jones III Joins Cast as Tobias Whale". Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  11. ^ Strong Arm Steady & Statik Selektah "Stereotype" Tracklist & Cover Art
  12. ^ Strong Arm Steady & Oh No: Stereo Jr | Stones Throw Records

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