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Coolio in 2002
Coolio in 2002
Background information
Birth nameArtis Leon Ivey Jr.
Also known asCoolio
Born (1963-08-01) August 1, 1963 (age 58)
OriginCompton, California, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • actor
Years active1987–present
WebsiteOfficial website

Artis Leon Ivey Jr. is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor better known by his stage name, Coolio.

Coolio's best known song is "Gangsta's Paradise" which 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/album. Coolio also sang the theme song "Aw, Here It Goes" for the Nickelodeon television show, Kenan & Kel.[2]

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. "POP ALBUMS / Where Eagles daren't". The Independent. 2011-10-20. Retrieved 2021-08-06.
  2. ""Kenan & Kel" (1996) - Soundtrack". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2012-10-26.

Other websites[change | change source]