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REAL NAME: Artis Ivey
button.gif (123 bytes) August 1, 1963 - September 29, 2022
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Gangsta's Paradise" (1995)
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BIGGEST LP: Gangsta's Paradise (1995)
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button.gif (123 bytes) "Anything I can do to help the kids is what it's all about. Without the kids, we don't have a future. If they don't know the past and the present, then they don't have a future." - Coolio, 1995


Cooliobutton.gif (123 bytes) Coolio (Artis Ivey) was born in California in August 1, 1963. Coolio began rapping when he was still in high school in the late 70s. After Coolio finished high school and spent a little time at Compton Community College, he focused more on his music. Coolio got his name when he was younger, playing a guitar while singing a song, and someone asked "Who do you think you are, Coolio Iglesias?" He was also called Boo in high school. Coolio was able to avoid being swept up by a gang (specifically the Crips in Los Angeles), but the streetlife in which Coolio grew up in no doubt has influenced his music. His big break came with the song "Fantastic Voyage" which introduced his rapping style with its playful party-like video. While other rappers of the 90s have turned to gangsta rap and redundancy of "rapping about what it's like out there," Coolio has taken his fame and message and directed it toward creating rap with a message. Instead of perpetuating the wrongs of society, Coolio's goal of change and strength parallels each LP he releases.

1994... # 33 Singles Artist of the Year

button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio hit the Top 40 with "Fantastic Voyage."

Coolio - It Takes A Thiefbutton.gif (123 bytes) Coolio's debut LP, It Takes A Thief, was released and spawned the Top 10 hit "Fantastic Voyage." The song was a big hit with MTV viewers, hip hop listeners, and even pop music fans. To many, Coolio was a nice diversion from the gangsta rap scene.
button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio hit the
Top 10 with "Fantastic Voyage."
button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales chart for 4 weeks with "
Fantastic Voyage."

Coolio - "Fantastic Voyage" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) The video for "Fantastic Voyage" was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video.

1995... # 22 Singles Artist of the Year

button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance ("Fantastic Voyage").

Coolio - "Gangsta's Paradise" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio hit #1 with a song from the movie, Dangerous Minds: "Gangsta's Paradise." The award winning song reiterated many of the sentiments of street-life, with a strong message, yet without the vulgarity. Coolio demonstrated that you could have a successful rap LP without a parental sticker label on the cover.

button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio hit the Top 40 with "Gangsta's Paradise."

button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio hit the Top 10 and #1 for a week with "Gangsta's Paradise."
button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart for 3 weeks, the Singles Sales chart for 7 weeks, the R&B Singles Sales chart for 3 weeks, and the Hot Rap Singles chart for 11 weeks with "
Gangsta's Paradise."

Coolio - Gangsta's Paradisebutton.gif (123 bytes) Coolio's LP, Gangsta's Paradise was released, went Top 10, and had the additional Top 10 hit: "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" and "Too Hot," a song about safe sex and AIDS.
button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio topped the UK Singles chart for 2 weeks with "
Gangsta's Paradise."

button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio hit the Top 40 with "Too Hot."
button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio topped the
Billboard Year-End Chart-Toppers with the Top Hot 100 Single and Top Hot 100 Single Sales ("Gangsta's Paradise").
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Gangsta's Paradise" was the year's best-selling single with sales topping 2.5 million.

1996... # 28 Singles Artist of the Year

button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio won an American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist.

button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance ("Gangsta's Paradise") and was nominated for Record of the Year.

button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio hit the Top 40 with "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)."

button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio hit the Top 10 with "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)."

Eddie soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Coolio hit the Top 40 with "It's All The Way Live (Now)" from the Eddie soundtrack.

button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio won 3 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Rap Video and Best Video from a Film ("Gangsta's Paradise"), and Best Dance Video ("1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)"), and was nominated for Best Male Video ("1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)."

1997... # 130 Singles Artist of the Year

button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist.

button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio was nominated for 3 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album (Gangsta's Paradise), Best Rap Solo Performance ("1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)"), and Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("Stomp" with Luke Cresswell, Fiona Wilkes, Carl Smith, Fraser Morrison, Everett Bradley, Mr. X, Melle Mel, Yo-Yo, Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson, Shaquille O'Neal & Luniz).

button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio hit the Top 40 with "C U When U Get There" with help from 40 Thevz.

Coolio - My Sou;button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio released his third LP, My Soul, which contained the hits "C U When U Get There" from the Nothing To Lose soundtrack (which samples the 17th Century with a recording of Johann Pachelbel's "Canon In D"), and "Ooh La La."

button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio could also be spotted in a cameo role for the Batman And Robin film.

button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio and a few of his friends were arrested in Germany for theft. According to Reuters, Coolio and 7 others tried on items at a boutique and left the shop before removing the clothes. The shop owner is also stating that one member of the group punched him the stomach. The German police arrested the group after spending 2 days looking into the incident and deciding that it involved a "greater intensity of violence" than originally perceived. Coolio is slated to begin his tour in Rotterdam at the end of the week and was released on bail. Wall of Sound reported that the head of the German Police Union has called for Coolio to be banned from performing in Germany. It was reported that the rapper encouraged fans who couldn't afford his new LP, to "steal this record" at a concert in Germany on November 22nd.


button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio had assault charges filed against him in Germany due to an incident that alleges Coolio and 6 others were involved with assaulting a woman in the stomach last November at a clothing boutique - the same incident for which Coolio faces theft charges.

September 15: Coolio was arrested after being pulled over for driving his Hummer on the wrong side of the road in Southern California and it was found that he had various traffic violations, including an expired license, and had a semi-automatic pistol and marijuana found in the vehicle.

button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio spent Thanksgiving in Germany as his court trial for assault and robbery charges (from a November incident) began. Coolio, along with 4 associates, was accused of try to leave a boutique without paying for over $800 worth of items and then assaulting a woman trying to prevent them from leaving. In his own defense to the public, Coolio said "I'm innocent. I've done nothing. I'm a nice guy. People treat me nice 'cos I treat them nice. It's a big misunderstanding."

button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio was convicted in a Germany court of being an accessory to robbery and causing bodily injury from charges stemming from a November, '97 incident - he received 6 months probation and a $17,000 fine.


button.gif (123 bytes) It was announced that Coolio may be starring in his own TV sitcom - a spin-off of UPN's Malcolm & Eddie and MTV reported that Coolio may also be teaming up with "longtime friend," Ed McMahon on a new version of Star Search.

button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio appeared in a California courtroom to plead innocent to concealed weapon charges from September.

Coolio - Fantastic Voygae - Greatest Hitsbutton.gif (123 bytes) It was reported that Coolio would l be spending 10 days in jail and working 40


button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio released Fantastic Voyage - Greatest Hits.


Coolio - El Cool. Magnificobutton.gif (123 bytes) Coolio released El Cool Magnifico.

button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio embarked on his 3rd USO tour - this time in the Balkans.


button.gif (123 bytes) VH1: 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists includes Coolio at # 43.

button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio could be seen in the TV movie Red Water on TBS. The movie will feature Coolio's song "What Is A MC" from his LP, El Cool Magnifico.


button.gif (123 bytes) # 183 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.


button.gif (123 bytes) Coolio was arrested in LA for alledged crack possession.


  • September 29: Coolio died at the age of 59. A coroner report released 6 months later included the effects of fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine along with other "significant conditions" caused his death.

Coolio - It Takes A Thief It Takes A Thief
Released: July, 1994
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 8
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Fantastic Voyage" - "County Line" - "Mama, I'm IN Love Wit A Gangsta" - "Hand On My Nutsac" - "Ghetto Cartoon" - "Smokin' Stix" - "Can-O-Corn" - "U Know Hoo!" - "It Takes A Thief" - "Bring Back Somethin Fo Da Hood" - "N Da Closet" - "On My Way To Harlem" - "Sticky Fingers" - "Thought You Knew" - "Ugly Bitches" - "I Remember"
Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise Gangsta's Paradise
Released: November, 1995
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 9
Tracks: "That's How It Is" - "Geto Highlites" - "Gangsta's Paradise" - "Too Hot" - "Cruisin'" - "Exercise Yo' Game" - "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" - "Smilin'" - "Kinda High Kinda Drunk" - "For My Sistas" - "Is This Me?" - "A Thing Goin' On" - "Bright As The Sun" - "Recoup This" - "The Revolution" - "Get Up Get Down"
Coolio - My Sou; My Soul
Released: August, 1997
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 39
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "2 Minutes & 21 Seconds Of Funk" - "One Mo" - "The Devil Is Dope" - "Hit 'Em" - "Knight Fall" - "Ooh La La" - "Can U Dig It" - "Nature Of Business" - "Homeboy" - "Throwtown 2000" - "Can I Get Down 1X" - "My Soul" - "Let's Do It" - "C U When U Get There"
Coolio - Fantastic Voygae - Greatest Hits Fantastic Voyage - Greatest Hits
Released: July, 2001
Tracks: "Fantastic Voyage" - "Gangsta's Paradise" - "C U When U Get There" - "Too Hot" - "Aw Here It Goes" - "Ooh La La" - "I Remember" - "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" - "Hit 'Em" - "Mama, I'm In Love Wit A Gangsta" - "My Soul" - "Country Line" - "Geto Highlights"
Coolio - El Cool. Magnifico El Cool Magnifico
Released: October, 2002
Tracks: "I Like Girls" - "Gangbangers" - "Show Me Love" - "Would You Still Be Mine" - "Ghetto Square Dance" - "They Don't Know Me" - "Like This" - "Shake It Up" - "What Is An MC" - "Cadillac Vogues" - "Sunshine" - "If You Hear Me Now" - "The Island Song" - "Your Place Or Mine" - "Pop Your Collar"
POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 Gangsta's Paradise

from the LP Gangsta's Paradise
ARC chart run: 36 - 25 - 13 - 4 - 3 - 1 - 4 - 5 - 5 - 7 - 10 - 19 - 22 - 30 - 39 - off
1(1) 15 1995 Coolio - "Gangsta's Paradise" (Single)
2 Fantastic Voyage

from the LP
It Takes A Thief
ARC chart run: 37 - 28 - 20 - 14 - 10 - 7 - 5 - 3 - 3 - 2 - 3 - 5 - 8 - 12 - 25 - 31 - off
2 16 1994 Coolio - "Fantastic Voyage" (Single)
3 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)
Gangsta's Paradise
4 13 1996 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
4 Too Hot
Gangsta's Paradise
12 8 1996 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
5 C U When U Get There
[Coolio featuring 40 Thevz]
My Soul
18 6 1997 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
6 It's All The Way Live (Now)
Eddie soundtrack
24 5 1996 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
  County Line
It Takes A Thief
** ** 1994 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
  I Remember
It Takes A Thief
** ** 1994 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
Note: Song title and position links lead you to the song's Top 40 chart run (from the ARC Weekly Top 40) and LP links take you to Amazon.com's page for that LP (often including track listings and sound samples).

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