Artist: Coolio Biography

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Artist Coolio Biography Info

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


"Coolio" Music List

Download Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio Music

Gangsta's Paradise

687,563
3,246,270
Download Fantastic Voyage - Coolio Music

Fantastic Voyage

44,875
140,255
Download C U When U Get There - Coolio Music

C U When U Get There

37,273
133,405
Download Too Hot - Coolio Music

Too Hot

28,383
78,501
Download Rollin' With My Homies - Coolio Music

Rollin' With My Homies

13,606
31,571
Download Geto Highlites - Coolio Music

Geto Highlites

10,922
28,760
Download 1-2-3-4 (Sumpin' New) - Coolio Music

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

8,815
21,341
Download Smilin' - Coolio Music

Smilin'

8,768
20,145
Download The Winner - Coolio Music

The Winner

8,703
27,224
Download For My Sistas - Coolio Music

For My Sistas

8,345
19,300
Download That's How It Is - Coolio Music

That's How It Is

8,096
17,055
Download Ooh La La - Coolio Music

Ooh La La

7,963
21,053
Download Bright As The Sun - Coolio Music

Bright As The Sun

7,624
17,591
Download Cruisin' - Coolio Music

Cruisin'

7,140
16,987
Download Sumpin' New - Coolio Music

Sumpin' New

6,999
17,995
Download Fucc Coolio - Coolio Music

Fucc Coolio

6,998
14,472
Download The Revolution - Coolio Music

The Revolution

6,689
14,696
Download Get Up Get Down - Coolio Music

Get Up Get Down

6,668
14,649
Download Recoup This - Coolio Music

Recoup This

6,465
12,865
Download Is This Me? - Coolio Music

Is This Me?

6,409
14,295
Download Exercise Yo' Game - Coolio Music

Exercise Yo' Game

6,159
14,050
Download Gangsta Paradise - Coolio Music

Gangsta Paradise

5,486
30,275
Download A Thing Goin' On - Coolio Music

A Thing Goin' On

4,981
12,457
Download 1-2-3-4 - Coolio Music

1-2-3-4

4,537
10,551
Download Crusin' - Coolio Music

Crusin'

4,275
9,202
Download I Wish - Coolio Music

I Wish

4,184
11,366
Download County Line - Coolio Music

County Line

3,586
8,205
Download C U When Get There - Coolio Music

C U When Get There

3,567
15,492
Download 1,2,3,4 [1996] - Coolio Music

1,2,3,4 [1996]

3,410
8,935
Download I Like Girls - Coolio Music

I Like Girls

3,329
15,339
Download My Soul - Coolio Music

My Soul

3,161
7,890