Coolio (US rapper, actor, chef & record producer)

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Legal name: Artis Leon Ivey, Jr.


Artis Leon Ivey Jr. (August 1, 1963 – September 28, 2022), known by his stage name Coolio, was an American rapper. He was best known for his single "Gangsta's Paradise" (1995), which won a Grammy Award, and was credited for changing the course of hip hop by bringing it to a wider audience. Other singles included "Fantastic Voyage" (1994), "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" (1996), and "C U When U Get There" (1997). He released nine albums, the first three of which achieved mainstream success: It Takes a Thief (1994), Gangsta's Paradise (1995), and My Soul (1997). Coolio first achieved recognition as a member of the gangsta rap group WC and the Maad Circle. Coolio sold 4.8 million albums in the U.S.

He also created the six episode reality television show Coolio's Rules (2008), the web series Cookin' with Coolio, and published a cookbook.

Coolio died on September 28, 2022, at 59 years old, from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, heroin, and methamphetamine.

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1994It Takes a ThiefCoolio3.655
1995Gangsta’s ParadiseCoolio3.512
1997My SoulCoolio4.55
2002El Cool MagnificoCoolio5
2006The Return of the GangstaCoolio2
2008Steal HearCoolio1
2009From the Bottom 2 the TopCoolio1

Album + Compilation

2001The Very BestCoolio31
2001Fantastic Voyage: The Greatest HitsCoolio2
2008Hip Hop MastersCoolio, Vanilla Ice, Candyman1
2011The Greatest Hits and RemixesCoolio2
2012The CollectionCoolio2
2012The Essential CollectionCoolio1
2014Best of CoolioCoolio1
2014Ultimate CollectionCoolio1
2018Greatest Hits (Rerecorded)Coolio1
Coolio & FriendsCoolio1


1994Fantastic VoyageCoolio3
1994County Line / Sticky FingersCoolio1
1994I RememberCoolio3
1995Gangsta’s ParadiseCoolio featuring L.V.8
1995Too HotCoolio5
19961, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)Coolio5
1996Hit ‘em High (The Monstars’ Anthem)B Real, Busta Rhymes, Coolio, LL Cool J & Method Man52
1996It's All the Way Live (Now)Coolio1
1996Keep It on the Red LightOphélie Winter feat. Coolio3
1997C U When U Get ThereCoolio feat. 40 Thevz5
1997Ooh La LaCoolio3
1997The WinnerCoolio1
1998Raise the RoofChazz feat. Coolio2
2003The HustlerCoolio Ft. Kenny Rogers1
2006Gangsta WalkCoolio featuring Snoop Dogg1
2008Gangsta’s Paradise (re‐recorded)Coolio1
2008Gangsta's Paradise (Re-Recorded/Re-Mastered Version) (Instrumental Stems)Coolio1
2009LadyCoolio vs Beat Nouveau Feat. Storm Lee1
2011One Night in L.A.The Glam featuring Coolio & Snoop Dogg1
2011Gangsta’s Paradise 2K11Coolio vs. Rico Bernasconi & Kylian Mash2
2019Gangsta's Paradise (Mike & Me Edit)Coolio1
2022Gangsta's Paradise (Re-Recorded - Orchestral Version)Coolio & Budapest Symphony Orchestra1
2022Gangsta’s ParadiseCoolio, Bodybangers, Lotus1

Single + Remix

2024Gangstas Paradise (Jayden Terrible Remix)Coolio, L.V. & Jayden Terrible51

EP + Compilation

2005Rhino Hi‐Five: CoolioCoolio1
2006Rhino Hi‐Five: Coolio, Volume 2Coolio1

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