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Coolio: A Gangster of Rap

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Coolio is a rapper that is remembered because of the song "Gangsta’s Paradise" from the soundtrack of the movie Dangerous Minds. His real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr. and he was born on August 1, 1963 in California. He had a troubled childhood but was still able to release a single called "Watcha Gonna Do". Unfortunately, he developed an addiction to crack cocaine that made him quit his career and become a firefighter. Coolio soon realized that something was missing; his heart was not in the right place and he decided to rap again in 1994, releasing It Takes a Thief, his first album.

As mentioned before, "Gangsta’s Paradise" is one of the best songs of Coolio, it was placed on the soundtrack of the movie Dangerous Minds because the executives of Tommy Boy Records thought that the song would not be a hit. Time proved them wrong, the song was a #1 hit in the United States and it was the first rap single that sold over one million copies in the United Kingdom, also reaching the #1 spot. Coolio was also the first gangsta rapper that reached the #1 spot in the United Kingdom.

This rapper sang the theme song of Kenan and Kel, a popular television show. He has sung along with artists such as Busta Rhymes, LV and the 40 Thevz, B. Real, 2Pac, LL Cool J and Method Man. Some of the songs of Coolio are: "Fantastic Voyage", "Gangsta’s Paradise", "Too Hot", "1234 (Sumpin' New)", "It's All The Way Live (Now)", "Hit 'Em High (The Monstars' Anthem)", "C U When You Get There" and "Ooh La La".

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