Gangsta's Paradise (4:00)

Cover of Gangsta's Paradise (feat. L.V.)

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Gangsta’s Paradise is a rap song by Coolio featuring L.V. from the movie Dangerous Minds (1995) (starring Michelle Pfeiffer). The song was later released on the albums Gangsta’s Paradise and Dangerous Minds soundtrack in 1995. Coolio was awarded a Grammy for the song/album. The song was voted as the best single of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll.

It sampled the chorus and music of the song “Pastime Paradise” by Stevie Wonder (1976).

The song was also listed at #69 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of All-Time.
In 2008, it was ranked number 38 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

Following Coolio’s appearance in the UK TV show Celebrity Big Brother 2009 Gangsta’s Paradise re-entered the UK singles chart peaking at #31.

L.V. released a solo version of the single in 1996 on his debut album, I Am L.V… This version did not feature Coolio, and featured additional lyrics written by L.V. himself. The single did not repeat the popularity of the original with Coolio.

The music is a reworking of Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise”, a song from his album Songs in the Key of Life. “Gangsta’s Paradise” uses the same tune, and a different orchestration of the same backing music. Coolio changed the lyrics to be more relevant to life on the streets.

The song begins with a line from Psalm 23:4 from the Bible: As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, but then diverges with: I take a look at my life / And realize there’s nothin’ left. Adding to some of the religious overtones are choral vocals in the background.

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As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I take a look at my life and realize there's nothing left
'Coz I've been blastin' and laughin' so long, that
Even my mama thinks that my mind is gone

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  • Arthur-Engler

    Fuck yeah!

    4 Sep 2:12pm Reply
  • muerto14

    Amazing Classic!

    18 Aug 8:34pm Reply
  • newsongscanada

    takes me back to 1995

    1 Aug 7:50pm Reply
  • Lady_Jamila

    I'm not really into rap but I like this song and it's from Dangerous Minds, one of my fave movies :)

    27 Jul 12:14am Reply
  • Candyscar

    I remember back in 95 this coming on TV and holding a microphone from tape player up to the tv to record it. Man those were the days

    23 Jul 4:33pm Reply
  • charley1677

    remember to me when i was heighteen,summer'95.dangerous mind with michelle pfeifer

    15 Jul 1:15am Reply
  • chnyeol

    Hope BTS covers this song.

    2 Jul 1:02pm Reply
  • ooteka3

    ништяк

    7 Jun 2:05pm Reply
  • Farouchette

    Great, I always have to think of Amish Paradise now, lol

    16 Apr 7:23pm Reply
  • agnessilvap

    Yay, rediscovered this masterpiece at one of my sleep paralysis episodes.

    31 Mar 5:17pm Reply
  • vspeedoflight

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    24 Feb 1:50am Reply
  • steve__

    Fucking classic.

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Daniel_Green

    Fucking awesome!

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • appidydafoo

    I load this up and play Doom 2, pew pew fools in the pistol smoke

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    Wow, I only just discovered this is a cover version of Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise". A bit slow perhaps?

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • nnbobak

    Hahahaha, my elementary scholl, we listen to this on lessons with teacher ^^

    24 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Taiteki

    THUMBS UP IF YOU LISTEN TO THIS WEARING NOTHING BUT COOL WHIP WHILE A CAT THAT IS MISSING TWO TOES PROJECTS PSYCHIC WAVES INTO YOUR BRAIN REGARDING THE MEANING OF LIFE...IN 2013.

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
  • oOo0o0o0oOo

    THUMBS UP IF YOU LISTEN TO THIS IN 2056

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    check out Weird Al Yankovic's version

    17 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Taiteki

    I'm back in Jr. High.

    27 Mar 2013 Reply
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