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Grammy-winning rapper Coolio, known for Gangsta’s Paradise and Fantastic Voyage, dies at 59

Grammy-winning rapper Coolio, greatest identified for Gangsta’s Paradise and Implausible Voyage, died on Wednesday on the age of 59, his supervisor mentioned. Coolio died on the Los Angeles residence of a pal, longtime supervisor Jarez Posey informed The Related Press. The trigger was not instantly clear. Coolio gained a Grammy for greatest solo rap efficiency for Gangsta’s Paradise, the 1995 hit from the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer movie Harmful Minds that sampled Stevie Marvel’s 1976 tune Pastime Paradise and was performed continually on MTV.

The Grammy, and the peak of his reputation, got here in 1996, amid a fierce feud between the hip-hop communities of the 2 coasts, which might take the lives of Tupac Shakur and The Infamous BIG quickly after. Coolio managed to remain principally above the battle. “I might like to assert this Grammy on behalf of the entire hip-hop nation, West Coast, East Coast, and worldwide, united we stand, divided we fall,” he mentioned from the stage as he accepted the award.

Born Artis Leon Ivey Jr, in Monessen, Pennsylvania south of Pittsburgh, Coolio moved to Compton, California. He spent a while as a teen in Northern California, the place his mom despatched him as a result of she felt town was too harmful. He mentioned in interviews that he began rapping at 15 and knew by 18 it was what he needed to do along with his life, however would go to group faculty and work as a volunteer firefighter and in airport safety earlier than devoting himself full-time to the hip-hop scene.

His profession took off with the 1994 launch of his debut album on Tommy Boy Data, It Takes a Thief. Its opening monitor, Implausible Voyage, would attain No 3 on the Billboard Sizzling 100. A yr later, Gangsta’s Paradise would change into a No 1 single, with its darkish opening lyrics: “As I stroll by way of the valley of the shadow of demise, I check out my life and understand there’s not a lot left, ‘trigger I’ve been blastin’ and laughin’ so lengthy, that even my mama thinks that my thoughts is gone.”

Social media reacted to the sudden demise. “That is unhappy information,” Ice Dice mentioned on Twitter. “I witness first hand this man’s grind to the highest of the business. Relaxation In Peace, @Coolio.” ‘Bizarre Al’ Yankovic tweeted “RIP Coolio” together with an image of the 2 males hugging.

Coolio had mentioned in an interview on the time it was launched that he wasn’t cool with Yankovic’s 1996 Gangsta’s Paradise parody, Amish Paradise. However the two later made peace. The rapper would by no means once more have a tune almost as massive as Gangsta’s Paradise however had subsequent hits with 1996’s 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New) (1996), and 1997’s“C U When U Get There. His profession album gross sales totalled 4.8 million, with 978 million on-demand streams of his songs, in line with Luminate. He could be nominated for six Grammys general.

And along with his distinctive persona, he would change into a cultural staple, performing often, starring in a actuality present about parenting known as Coolio’s Guidelines, offering a voice for an episode of the animated present Gravity Falls and offering the theme music for the Nickelodeon sitcom Kenan & Kel. He had occasional authorized troubles, together with a 1998 conviction in Stuttgart, Germany, the place a boutique store proprietor mentioned he punched her when she tried to cease him from taking merchandise with out paying. He was sentenced to 6 months probation and fined $30,000. He was married to Josefa Salinas from 1996 to 2000. That they had 4 youngsters collectively.

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