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Wed Sep 28, 2022, 09:11 PM

Coolio, Grammy-Winning 'Gangsta's Paradise' Rapper, Dies at 59

Source: Variety

Coolio, the Grammy-winning rapper, producer and actor best known for his 1995 hit “Gangsta’s Paradise,” has died. He was 59.

The rapper’s longtime manager Jarel Posey confirmed the news to Variety, saying that Coolio died around 5 p.m. PT on Wednesday afternoon. According to TMZ, Coolio was found at a friend’s house.

Coolio rose to prominence in the Los Angeles rap scene in the ’90s, scoring his big break when he recorded the song “Gangsta’s Paradise” for the 1995 film “Dangerous Minds,” starring Michelle Pfeiffer. It quickly became one of the most popular rap songs of all time, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and ending 1995 as the No. 1 single of that year in the United States. In 1996, “Gangsta’s Paradise” was nominated for record of the year and best rap solo performance at the Grammy Awards, with Coolio winning the latter. The song was soon spoofed by Weird Al Yankovic, who satirized it as “Amish Paradise,” though Coolio was adamant that he did not give Weird Al permission to do so. However, Coolio has said in interviews that the two later made amends.

Born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. on Aug. 1, 1963 in Pennsylvania, Coolio later moved to Compton, Calif. where he joined the hip-hop group WC and the Maad Circle in 1991. A few years later, in 1994, Coolio signed with Tommy Boy Records and released his debut album “It Takes a Thief.” Catapulted by its lead single “Fantastic Voyage,” “It Takes a Thief” peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart and was certified platinum.

Read more: https://variety.com/2022/music/news/coolio-dead-dies-gangstas-paradise-rapper-1235387456/



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Reply Coolio, Grammy-Winning 'Gangsta's Paradise' Rapper, Dies at 59 (Original post)
demmiblue Sep 28 OP
Twoflower Sep 28 #1
SlimJimmy Sep 28 #2
Demovictory9 Sep 28 #3
ancianita Sep 28 #4
BaeBnakes99 Sep 28 #5
BumRushDaShow Sep 28 #6
Marcuse Sep 28 #7
iluvtennis Sep 28 #8
Polybius Sep 28 #9
democratic2021 Sep 29 #10
IronLionZion Sep 29 #11

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Sep 28, 2022, 09:13 PM

1. Damn that hurts.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Sep 28, 2022, 09:37 PM

2. RIP, Coolio

Gangster Paradise was one of my all time favorite rap songs.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Sep 28, 2022, 10:01 PM

3. I remember him


Rest in peace

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Sep 28, 2022, 10:14 PM

5. Bummer :(

 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death..

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Sep 28, 2022, 10:52 PM

6. I saw the breaking news alert on this and was like oh no!

I remember him mostly from his collaborations with other artists as well as the nods to favorite funk songs like Lakeside's "Fantastic Voyage", which he did his own take of -



Damn. R.I.P.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Sep 28, 2022, 11:01 PM

7. Rest In Peace.

Odd that the obit cites “Gangsta Paradise” and even Weird Al, but not Steveland Morris.
Coolio was already a star but “Gangsta’s Paradise” raised him to hip-hop’s top rank. The bleak, regretful, lushly produced song was the biggest-selling US single of 1995.

However, it was touch and go: Wonder initially refused permission for Coolio to use the sample of “Pastime Paradise”, disliking the new version's profanity: the rapper excised some “N” words and a sexual reference and Wonder signed it off. Coolio claimed the Motown icon took 95 per cent of the publishing: nice work if you can get it. [link:https://ig.ft.com/life-of-a-song/pastime-paradise.html|

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Sep 28, 2022, 11:14 PM

8. Rest in Peace Coolio and May your Memory be a Blessing. n/t

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Sep 28, 2022, 11:29 PM

9. Horrible news

I loved him and that song. RIP.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Sep 29, 2022, 01:09 AM

10. RIP

RIP Coolio

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Sep 29, 2022, 07:22 AM

11. Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage



RIP

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