Coolio was one of the first rappers to make music that was both easy to listen to and had tough, street-level language and topics. But despite his nods to hardcore, his music was clearly more happy-go-lucky at heart. He shared the West Coast scene's love of laid-back 1970s funk, and that attitude came through in his music much more than Dr. Dre's Death Row/G-funk axis. Except for his moody signature song "Gangsta's Paradise," most of Coolio's hits were upbeat party songs, and in the videos for them, he played a goofy, friendly character.
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One of the most popular rappers of the 1990s was Coolio. Since he died recently, many people are thinking about what he did for hip-hop and how he helped the black community.
Hip-hop stars like Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and even MC Hammer posted touching messages about the rap music legend. The actress Michelle Pfeiffer, who has known the California rapper for a long time, also sent her condolences.
Artis Leon Ivey Jr. also known as Coolio was born in Compton, California, on August 1, 1963. He has six kids from relationships he's been in before.
In 1987, Coolio put out his first two singles, which was the start of his music career. Since then, he has met a lot of people in the rap scene in Los Angeles. He joined the WC and the Maad Circle in the end.
In 1994, he made a deal with Tommy Boy Records to make a record. For the movie Dangerous Minds, Coolio made a song called "Gangsta's Paradise." The song was a big hit right away.
Aside from making music, he was one of the contestants on Celebrity Big Brother in 2009 and Ultimate Big Brother in 2010. He was also on Rachel vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off and Wife Swap, which are both reality TV shows.
Coolio: Gangsta's Paradise rapper dead at 59 – BBC News
Though his cause of death has not officially been released, it’s believed he died of a heart attack. CNN says that emergency responders got a call about a medical emergency at 4 p.m. local time on September 28, 2022.
When they got there, they found Coolio unresponsive and tried to revive him for about 45 minutes, which Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed. According to Dr. Chawla on LiveWell, 40 to 50 percent of heart attacks come with a "fatal event."
Sheila Finegan, who was Coolio's talent manager, told CNN that the rapper had died in a statement that showed their sadness and acknowledged his legacy.
“We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio, who passed away this afternoon. He touched the world with the gift of his talent and will be missed profoundly. Thank you to everyone worldwide who has listened to his music and to everyone who has been reaching out regarding his passing. Please have Coolio’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”- Coolio's talent manager, Sheila Finegan
After Coolio's passing, his devoted followers flooded his website in search of memorabilia, but the site's servers couldn't handle the influx of traffic and displayed a "404 Not Found" message.
As of early Friday, the Coolio merch store remained down, leaving customers with the error message "Page not found - Somehow you have come to a page that does not exist"
Typically, this sort of response would appear if the page had been removed or if there was an unusually high volume of visitors. As things stand, the latter appears to be at fault.
Just so you know, the website typically sells a wide variety of awesome Coolio goods, including but not limited to fanny packs, mugs, sweaters, and face masks.
The loss of the "Gangsta's Paradise" rapper has shocked his admirers, as you well know; the news has also shaken up Vanilla Ice, a close friend of Tupac's who had just performed with the superstar days before his death.
Remembering Coolio: Inside the Hip-Hop Legend’s Career
In the late 1980s, Coolio released the singles "Whatcha Gonna Do?" and "What Makes You Dance (Force Groove)." In 1991, he joined WC and the Maad Circle, who later that year put out the album "Ain't a Damn Thing Changed."
In 1994, Tommy Boy Records signed him, and in July of that year, his first solo album, "It Takes a Thief," came out. The album went Platinum in the U.S. and Gold in Canada.
The single "Fantastic Voyage" was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA and reached #3 on the "Billboard" Hot 100 chart. For the 1995 movie "Dangerous Minds," Coolio and R&B singer LV recorded the song "Gangsta's Paradise."
The song was the best-selling single on the "Billboard" Hot 100 in 1995. It won Coolio a Grammy and was named one of "Billboard's" Greatest Songs of All Time. It was also named one of VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop and "NME's" 100 Best Songs of the 1990s.
Coolio ended up making "Gangsta's Paradise" the title track of his second album. The album went 2x Platinum in the U.S. and was in the top 10 on charts in the U.S., Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Switzerland.
The hits "Too Hot" and "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" came from this album. Coolio's third album, "My Soul," came out in 1997. Even though it was certified Platinum, Coolio was dropped from Tommy Boys Records because "My Soul" didn't do as well as his other albums.
He then released "Coolio.com" in 2001, "El Cool Magnifico" in 2002, "The Return of the Gangsta" in 2006, "Steal Hear" in 2008, and "From the Bottom 2 the Top" in 2009.
Coolio has also been on the soundtracks of several movies, such as "Clueless" (1995), "Space Jam" (1996), "Eddie" (1996), and "Nothing to Lose" (1997).
Coolio was nominated for six Grammys, and his song "Gangsta's Paradise" won the award for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1996. In the same year, he also won an American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist, and he was nominated for the same award again in 1997.
Coolio was also nominated for six MTV Video Music Awards, and he won three of them in 1996: Best Rap Video, Best Video from a Film, and Best Dance Video for "Gangsta's Paradise."
Coolio made his acting debut in a 1995 episode of "The Parent 'Hood." Over the next three years, he also appeared on "All That," "Space: Above and Beyond," "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," "Duckman," "Muppets Tonight," and "The Nanny."
During the 1990s, he also sang the theme song for Nickelodeon's "Kenan and Kel" (1996–2000) and was in the movies "Batman & Robin" (1997), "An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn"(1997), and "Belly" (1998).
Coolio has also tried his hand at reality TV. He has been on "Fear Factor" (2001), "Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off" (2012), "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2013), and the British show "Celebrity Big Brother" (2009).
He has also had a few of his own shows. In 2008, he was the star of "Coolio's Rules" on Oxygen and "Cookin' with Coolio" on My Damn Channel.
In recent years, Coolio has been on the TV shows "BTS: American Hustle Life" (2014), "Black Jesus" (2014), and "Squidbillies" on Adult Swim (2017).
Celebrity Net Worth estimates that Coolio's net worth is only 1.5 million dollars. Even though Coolio is known as an icon, he hasn't been in the news much since his last studio album, "From the Bottom to the Top," came out in 2009.
The value of all of Coolio's albums, which he is proud of, is the main reason for his wealth. He has made eight studio albums and two albums of songs from different artists. "It Takes a Thief," "Gangsta's Paradise," and "My Soul" are some of his most well-known albums.
"Gangsta's Paradise" is the album that Coolio is best known for. Even though he had been in the hip-hop scene since the late 1980s, his second album was his official high point.
When the album came out in 1995, the title track became his most successful song ever. The song won him his only GRAMMY, for Best Rap Solo Performance, in 1996.
It was on the soundtrack for the movie "Dangerous Minds," starring Michelle Pfeiffer, which came out in 1995. Pfeiffer said that when she heard the bad news, it "broke her heart."
Aside from being a musician, he has also worked on TV and in movies. He even had his own reality TV show on Oxygen Studios called "Coolio's Rules," which ran for one season.
Before he was on Celebrity Big Brother, Coolio had worked on TV before. He has been on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Celebrity Fear Factor, Celebrity Paranormal Project, and his own cooking show, Cookin' With Coolio, which has a catchy name.
I refuse to make food without flavour," says Coolio. The rapper says he can make well-done steak that is as soft as butter. He says, "All you need is a fork [to eat it]," he says.
Artis Leon Ivey, Jr. is Coolio's real name. When he went to Compton Community College, people called him "Coolio Iglesias."
He played a banker in Batman and Robin, Ice T's Judgement Day, and the spoof horror Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth.
The rapper has been to jail twice for stealing and having weapons he wasn't allowed to have.
After Coolio played Kwanzaa-bot in the Futurama episode "A Tale of Two Santas," the show's producers told him he could work as a voice actor.
Coolio's reputation in hip-hop may have gone down in recent years, but he has worked with big names in rap like Method Man, LL Cool L, Snoop Dogg, and Busta Rhymes.
In 1998, the hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar worked with country music legend Kenny Rogers to make a new version of "The Gambler." This was the strangest time they worked together. The song was only available on Coolio's Coolio.com album, which was only released in Japan in 2001.
Coolio, who has six kids, thinks he is one of the best lovers ever.
He was a good student in high school and then at Compton Community College. He made a name for himself as a rapper on the local scene, where his smooth performances earned him the name "Coolio Iglesias," which was later shortened to "Coolio."
On September 28, 2022, Coolio was found on the floor of a bathroom at a friend's house in Los Angeles. He was not moving. First responders said that he was dead. At the time of his death, he was 59 years old.
Artis Leon Ivey Jr. was the man's real name. In the late 1980s, he was a part of the rap scene in Los Angeles, but he didn't have his first hit until 1994. The song "Fantastic Voyage" got to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In 1995, he recorded the hit single "Gangsta's Paradise" for the "Dangerous Minds" soundtrack. This boosted his career and led to the release of eight albums that sold a total of 17 million copies.
In 1996, he won a Grammy for "Gangsta's Paradise" because it was the best rap solo performance. At the MTV Video Music Awards that same year, the song won for Best Rap Video and Best Video from a Film.