American rapper Coolio, known for 'Gangsta's Paradise', died at 59

Rapper Coolio, here during the 'I Love the 90's Tour' on August 7, 2022 in Aurora, Illinois.

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American rapper Coolio died on Wednesday September 28 in Los Angeles, his manager announced.

Known for his tube

Gangsta's Paradise

released in 1995, he was 59 years old.

The cause of his death was not immediately known.


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The Grammy Award-winning musician died in Los Angeles, according to Jarez Posey, Coolio's longtime friend and manager.

He told TMZ, a publication specializing in celebrity coverage, that Coolio was found unconscious in a friend's bathroom on Wednesday afternoon.

Born August 1, 1963 as Artis Leon Ivey Jr in Pennsylvania, the artist has spent most of his life in Compton, California.

In this dangerous city of Los Angeles County, which

found itself at the heart of hip-hop in

particular with the success of the group NWA, he studied and held various jobs, notably in airport security, before finding success thanks to rap.

Coolio began his music career in California in the late 1980s, putting down roots in Los Angeles in 1994 after signing with Tommy Boy Records.

Her single

Fantastic Voyage

, from her debut studio album

It Takes a Thief

, peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

A worldwide hit hit based on a sample by Stevie Wonder

But it was with

Gangsta's Paradise

the following year that Coolio made a name for himself.

The rapper became world famous in 1995 when he released this title for the soundtrack of the film

Dangerous Minds

with Michelle Pfeiffer.

It became the year's top single and earned Coolio a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance.

With a melody taken from Stevie Wonder's

Pastime Paradise

, released in 1976 on his album

Songs In The Key of Life

, the hit sold millions of copies worldwide, reaching the top of the pop music charts. in 16 countries.

"Gangsta's Paradise

is about life, because we also live in gangsta's paradise

 ," Coolio said of his song in 1995 as a guest on the

Howard Stern Show

radio show .


She wrote to me


In an interview over a decade later, on British show

The Voice

, Coolio said he had no idea the song would stick around for so many years.


I didn't write Gangsta's Paradise.

She was the one who wrote to me... It was her own entity, out there in the spirit world, trying to make its way out into the world, and she chose me as her vessel

 ," said -he.


I never thought it would spread the way it did, reaching all ages, races, genders, countries and generations

 ,” he said.

Coolio subsequently never replicated the success of his flagship title, but released hits like

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


Too Hot


An endearing gangsta rap star, Coolio has seen his popularity grow thanks to colorful music videos.

He then embarked on an acting career, notably landing a role in

Batman and Robin

in 1997 and making several television appearances, including in the seminal 1990s series

A Nanny



Go in peace, my brother.


 ,” musician Questlove wrote on Twitter.

Peaceful Journey Brother.


— Dr. Love (@questlove) September 29, 2022

(With AFP)


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