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Coolio in November 2002 performing for U.S. Army soldiers in Bosnia
Artis Leon Ivey Jr.

(1963-08-01)August 1, 1963
DiedSeptember 28, 2022(2022-09-28) (aged 59)
  • Rapper
  • record producer
  • actor
  • chef
Years active1987–2022[1]
Josefa Salinas
(m. 1996; div. 2000)
Musical career
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.

Artis Leon Ivey Jr. (August 1, 1963 – September 28, 2022), known professionally as Coolio, was an American rapper, record producer and actor.

Coolio is best known for his song "Gangsta's Paradise". It was released on the album of the same name. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance, two MTV Video Music Award's for Best Rap Video and for Best Video from a Film and a Billboard Music Award for the song and album. Coolio also sang the theme song "Aw, Here It Goes" for the Nickelodeon television show Kenan & Kel.[4]

Coolio died on September 28, 2022. His cause of death is not known. It is thought to be from a heart attack.

Discography[change | change source]

Studio albums[change | change source]

Coolio has released 8 studio albums:

Year Album
1997 It Takes a Thief
1998 Gangsta's Paradise
2000 My Soul
2004 El Cool Magnifico
2005 The Return of the Gangsta
2007 Steal Hear
2010 From the Bottom 2 the Top

References[change | change source]

  1. Berry, Peter A. (August 1, 2018). "Happy Birthday, Coolio!". XXL Magazine. Archived from the original on May 31, 2020. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  2. Woodman, Tenley (October 26, 2008). "Coolio in Charge". Boston Herald. Archived from the original on March 23, 2022. Retrieved September 22, 2021.
  3. Gill, Andy (October 20, 2011). "Pop Albums / Where Eagles Daren't". The Independent. Archived from the original on July 12, 2021. Retrieved August 6, 2021.
  4. ""Kenan & Kel" (1996) - Soundtrack". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved October 26, 2012.

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