Artist: Coolio Bio

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Coolio

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. He returned to Big Brother UK in 2010 to take part in Ultimate Big Brother - the last ever series of the reality show


Top Track "Coolio"

Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio

Gangsta's Paradise

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Fantastic Voyage - Coolio

Fantastic Voyage

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C U When U Get There - Coolio

C U When U Get There

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Too Hot - Coolio

Too Hot

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Rollin' With My Homies - Coolio

Rollin' With My Homies

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Geto Highlites - Coolio

Geto Highlites

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Smilin' - Coolio

Smilin'

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The Winner - Coolio

The Winner

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1-2-3-4 (Sumpin' New) - Coolio

1-2-3-4 (Sumpin' New)

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For My Sistas - Coolio

For My Sistas

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That's How It Is - Coolio

That's How It Is

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Ooh La La - Coolio

Ooh La La

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Bright As The Sun - Coolio

Bright As The Sun

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Cruisin' - Coolio

Cruisin'

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Sumpin' New - Coolio

Sumpin' New

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Fucc Coolio - Coolio

Fucc Coolio

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The Revolution - Coolio

The Revolution

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Get Up Get Down - Coolio

Get Up Get Down

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Recoup This - Coolio

Recoup This

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Is This Me? - Coolio

Is This Me?

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Exercise Yo' Game - Coolio

Exercise Yo' Game

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Gangsta Paradise - Coolio

Gangsta Paradise

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A Thing Goin' On - Coolio

A Thing Goin' On

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1-2-3-4 - Coolio

1-2-3-4

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Crusin' - Coolio

Crusin'

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I Wish - Coolio

I Wish

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C U When Get There - Coolio

C U When Get There

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County Line - Coolio

County Line

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1,2,3,4 [1996] - Coolio

1,2,3,4 [1996]

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I Like Girls - Coolio

I Like Girls

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My Soul - Coolio

My Soul

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I Remember - Coolio

I Remember

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Too Hot [1995] - Coolio

Too Hot [1995]

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Let It Go - Coolio

Let It Go

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9,354
Can I Get Down 1x - Coolio

Can I Get Down 1x

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1,2,3,4 - Coolio

1,2,3,4

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Can-O-Corn - Coolio

Can-O-Corn

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