“Gangsta’s Paradise” Rapper was 59 – News Kidda

Coolio, the Grammy-winning Compton rapper who was behind the worldwide hit “Gangsta’s Paradise,” has passed away. He was 59.

His manager, Jarez Posey, said: News Kidda that Coolio died Wednesday afternoon at a friend’s house in Los Angeles. “He went to the bathroom and never came out,” he said. A cause of death was not given.

Indelibly associated with West Coast hip-hop and gangsta rap, Coolio achieved worldwide success in the mid-1990s with three of his albums: It takes a thief (1994), Gangsta’s Paradise (1995) and My soul (1997) – crossing over into the mainstream, propelled by a string of more chart-topping singles, including “Fantastic Voyage,” “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)” and “CU When U Get There.” The single “Gangsta’s Paradise”, featuring R&B singer LV, was boosted by its appearance in the 1995 Michelle Pfeiffer drama Dangerous Settings and sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

Coolio composed the theme song for the 1996-2000 Nickelodeon sitcom Kenan & Kel, starring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell; voiced the character Kwanzaa-bot on futurama; and appeared in movies like Dear God (1996), Batman & Robin (1997), submerged (2000) and steal candy (2003).

“This is sad news. I’m witnessing this man’s rut ​​to the top of the industry. Rest in peace @Coolio,” tweeted rapper-actor Ice Cube.

“Coolio was the West Coast Flavor Flav. He liked to tell everyone that. We were supposed to perform together this Tuesday. #RIP my friend,” Flava Flav tweeted.

Born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. in Monessen, Pennsylvania, on August 1, 1963, Coolio grew up in Compton, California. Coolio, a regular on the Los Angeles rap scene, joined the group WC and the Maad Circle in 1991 and recorded the album Ain’t a Damn Thang Changed.

He would then go solo and in 1994 he signed to Tommy Boy Records, which would release his debut studio album It takes a thief.

In 1996, he won the Grammy for Best Solo Performance on Rap for the song “Gangsta’s Paradise,” written with Kylian Mash, and received another nomination for Record of the Year. The song begins with a line from Psalm 23:4 – “As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” – before Coolio adds, “I look at my life and realize there is nothing left.”

The following year, Gangsta’s Paradise was nominated for best rap album. His first of six Grammy nominations was for Best Rhapsody Performance for “Fantastic Voyage.”

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