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Coolio (born Artis Leon Ivey, Jr. on August 1, 1963 in Compton, California) is an American rapper and actor whose G-Funk sounding beats and funky flow make listening very pleasant. Coolio started his career as a member of the rap group, WC And The Maad Circle.

In 1994, Coolio released his debut album It Takes a Thief which featured the hugely successful singles, Fantastic Voyage and It Takes a Thief. In 1995 Coolio released his second and most successful album Gangsta’s Paradise, which went 4X Platinum and featured the mega hit, Gangsta’s Paradise and the popular party track, Sumpin New. The album ‘Gangsta’s Paradise” is considered by some to be a classic west coast Gangsta rap album, thanks to songs like Exercise Yo Game and Geto Highlites. His G-Funk sounding beats and soulful flow softens the typically edgy effect of rap. His hit song “Gangsta’s Paradise” combined singing with rap. Coolio’s recordings also appeared on the soundtracks to Clueless (1995) and Dangerous Minds (1995).

However, Coolio’s next few albums, 1997’s My Soul, 2002’s El Cool Magnifico and 2006’s Return Of The Gangsta, failed to live up to the success of his first two albums.

In 2009 he released the album From The Bottom 2 The Top. He also took part in the reality TV show “Celebrity Big Brother” in the UK, in which he placed third.


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    31 Oct 2014 Reply
  • MrDaNeShady

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    10 Jul 2014 Reply
  • tomjams

    never knew Gansta's Paradise was by him until watching an episode of american dad where they mentioned him

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Alexander_APS

    Change the main pic

    28 Apr 2014 Reply
  • sakmaz

    shit, you guys ever listen to It Takes a Thief? It's fucking amazing

    5 Apr 2014 Reply
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    1 Feb 2014 Reply
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    28 Jan 2014 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    I'm shocked he was on gravity falls.

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • nu_privet

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    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • FluffeeFTW

    Gangsta's paradise... It's been so long since this song appeared... and we still love it. :)

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Basti1013

    Gangsta's Paradise <3

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • VadimBratan

    Gangsta's Paradise!

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
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    2 Jun 2013 Reply
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    KING !!!

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
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    Gangsta's Paradise!

    2 Apr 2013 Reply
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    Gangsta's Paradise!

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