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

708,330
3,399,182
Download Fantastic Voyage - Coolio Music

Fantastic Voyage

45,829
143,813
Download C U When U Get There - Coolio Music

C U When U Get There

38,295
136,811
Download Too Hot - Coolio Music

Too Hot

28,951
80,100
Download Rollin' With My Homies - Coolio Music

Rollin' With My Homies

14,028
32,560
Download Geto Highlites - Coolio Music

Geto Highlites

11,174
29,343
Download 1-2-3-4 (Sumpin' New) - Coolio Music

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

9,661
23,443
Download The Winner - Coolio Music

The Winner

9,021
27,986
Download Smilin' - Coolio Music

Smilin'

8,935
20,509
Download For My Sistas - Coolio Music

For My Sistas

8,503
19,644
Download That's How It Is - Coolio Music

That's How It Is

8,118
17,123
Download Ooh La La - Coolio Music

Ooh La La

8,045
21,318
Download Bright As The Sun - Coolio Music

Bright As The Sun

7,773
17,970
Download Cruisin' - Coolio Music

Cruisin'

7,497
17,726
Download Fucc Coolio - Coolio Music

Fucc Coolio

7,027
14,549
Download Sumpin' New - Coolio Music

Sumpin' New

7,014
18,078
Download The Revolution - Coolio Music

The Revolution

6,812
14,998
Download Get Up Get Down - Coolio Music

Get Up Get Down

6,773
14,899
Download Is This Me? - Coolio Music

Is This Me?

6,559
14,594
Download Recoup This - Coolio Music

Recoup This

6,531
13,005
Download Exercise Yo' Game - Coolio Music

Exercise Yo' Game

6,308
14,342
Download Gangsta Paradise - Coolio Music

Gangsta Paradise

5,493
30,346
Download A Thing Goin' On - Coolio Music

A Thing Goin' On

4,999
12,534
Download 1-2-3-4 - Coolio Music

1-2-3-4

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

Crusin'

4,285
9,221
Download I Wish - Coolio Music

I Wish

4,185
11,367
Download County Line - Coolio Music

County Line

3,687
8,430
Download C U When Get There - Coolio Music

C U When Get There

3,567
15,497
Download 1,2,3,4 [1996] - Coolio Music

1,2,3,4 [1996]

3,413
8,941
Download I Like Girls - Coolio Music

I Like Girls

3,334
15,368
Download My Soul - Coolio Music

My Soul

3,193
7,975