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

680,033
3,191,308
Download Fantastic Voyage - Coolio Music

Fantastic Voyage

44,567
139,181
Download C U When U Get There - Coolio Music

C U When U Get There

36,913
132,099
Download Too Hot - Coolio Music

Too Hot

28,157
77,880
Download Rollin' With My Homies - Coolio Music

Rollin' With My Homies

13,193
30,780
Download Geto Highlites - Coolio Music

Geto Highlites

10,841
28,574
Download Smilin' - Coolio Music

Smilin'

8,705
20,030
Download The Winner - Coolio Music

The Winner

8,557
26,868
Download 1-2-3-4 (Sumpin' New) - Coolio Music

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

8,520
20,631
Download For My Sistas - Coolio Music

For My Sistas

8,296
19,197
Download That's How It Is - Coolio Music

That's How It Is

8,082
17,013
Download Ooh La La - Coolio Music

Ooh La La

7,924
20,947
Download Bright As The Sun - Coolio Music

Bright As The Sun

7,572
17,485
Download Cruisin' - Coolio Music

Cruisin'

7,028
16,752
Download Sumpin' New - Coolio Music

Sumpin' New

6,990
17,959
Download Fucc Coolio - Coolio Music

Fucc Coolio

6,984
14,442
Download The Revolution - Coolio Music

The Revolution

6,656
14,629
Download Get Up Get Down - Coolio Music

Get Up Get Down

6,635
14,577
Download Recoup This - Coolio Music

Recoup This

6,444
12,823
Download Is This Me? - Coolio Music

Is This Me?

6,355
14,202
Download Exercise Yo' Game - Coolio Music

Exercise Yo' Game

6,112
13,967
Download Gangsta Paradise - Coolio Music

Gangsta Paradise

5,484
30,249
Download A Thing Goin' On - Coolio Music

A Thing Goin' On

4,971
12,419
Download 1-2-3-4 - Coolio Music

1-2-3-4

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

Crusin'

4,270
9,188
Download I Wish - Coolio Music

I Wish

4,184
11,366
Download C U When Get There - Coolio Music

C U When Get There

3,567
15,484
Download County Line - Coolio Music

County Line

3,529
8,103
Download 1,2,3,4 [1996] - Coolio Music

1,2,3,4 [1996]

3,409
8,924
Download I Like Girls - Coolio Music

I Like Girls

3,325
15,319
Download My Soul - Coolio Music

My Soul

3,146
7,867