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Artis Leon Ivey Jr. (born August 1, 1963), known professionally as Coolio, is an American rapper, actor, chef, and record producer. Coolio
Coolio
achieved mainstream success in the mid-to-late 1990s with his albums It Takes a Thief (1994), Gangsta's Paradise
Gangsta's Paradise
(1995), and My Soul (1997). He is best known for his 1995 Grammy Award-winning hit single "Gangsta's Paradise", as well as other singles "Fantastic Voyage" (1994), "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" (1996) and "C U When U Get There" (1997). He was also known for rapping the theme song for the mid-to-late 1990s Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon
series Kenan & Kel. Coolio
Coolio
has since gone on to release albums independently and has also become a chef, creating a web series titled Cookin' with Coolio
Cookin' with Coolio
and releasing a cookbook.

Contents

1 Music career

1.1 Tommy Boy Records
Tommy Boy Records
and It Takes a Thief 1.2 Gangsta's Paradise 1.3 Red Hot Organization
Red Hot Organization
and Tommy Boy Records
Tommy Boy Records
dismissal 1.4 Television

2 Philanthropy 3 Personal life 4 Discography

4.1 Studio albums 4.2 Collaborative albums

5 Filmography 6 Awards and nominations

6.1 American Music Awards 6.2 Grammy Awards 6.3 MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards

7 References 8 External links

Music career[edit] He recorded two singles in 1987, titled "Watcha Gonna Do" and "You're Gonna Miss Me". Coolio
Coolio
made connections in the L.A. rap scene, and in 1991, ended up joining the group WC and the Maad Circle, led by rapper WC. He was a co-contributor on the group's debut album Ain't a Damn Thang Changed, including on the single "Dress Code". The album was regionally successful. Tommy Boy Records
Tommy Boy Records
and It Takes a Thief[edit] In 1994, Coolio
Coolio
signed to Tommy Boy Records
Tommy Boy Records
and released his debut solo album It Takes a Thief. The lead single "Fantastic Voyage" received heavy rotation on MTV, and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Fantastic Voyage" would become one of the biggest rap singles of the year, and the album contained a few other minor hits in "County Line" and "I Remember". It Takes a Thief peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200, becoming certified Platinum.[citation needed] The album received praise for bringing a humorous and lighthearted perspective too often violent and profane themes of typical gangsta rap.[1] Gangsta's Paradise[edit] In 1995, Coolio
Coolio
made a song featuring R&B singer LV for the movie Dangerous Minds, titled "Gangsta's Paradise". It would become one of the most successful rap songs of all time, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
for 3 weeks. It was the #1 single of 1995 for all genres, and was a global hit, as it reached #1 in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, and New Zealand. The song also created a controversy when Coolio
Coolio
claimed that parody artist "Weird Al" Yankovic
"Weird Al" Yankovic
had not asked for permission to make his parody of "Gangsta's Paradise", titled "Amish Paradise". At the 1996 Grammy Awards, the song won Coolio
Coolio
a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance. Originally "Gangsta's Paradise" was not meant to be included on one of Coolio's studio albums, but its success led to Coolio
Coolio
not only putting it on his next album but also making it the title track. The title track sampled the chorus and music of the song "Pastime Paradise" by Stevie Wonder, which was recorded nearly 20 years earlier on Stevie Wonder's album Songs in the Key of Life. The album Gangsta's Paradise was released in 1995 and was certified 2X Platinum by the RIAA. The album contained two other major hits in "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" and "Too Hot" with J.T. Taylor of Kool & the Gang doing the chorus. Despite no longer being an official member of the group, Coolio
Coolio
made an appearance on the second WC and the Maad Circle
WC and the Maad Circle
album Curb Servin', on the song "In a Twist". In 1996, Coolio
Coolio
had another top 40 hit with the song "It's All the Way Live (Now)" from the soundtrack to the movie Eddie. He was also featured on the song "Hit 'em High" from the soundtrack to the movie Space Jam
Space Jam
with B-Real, Method Man, LL Cool J, and Busta Rhymes. In 2014, the band Falling in Reverse
Falling in Reverse
did a cover of "Gangster's Paradise" for "Punk Goes 90's", with Coolio
Coolio
making a cameo in the music video. Red Hot Organization
Red Hot Organization
and Tommy Boy Records
Tommy Boy Records
dismissal[edit] In 1996, Coolio
Coolio
appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation CD America is Dying Slowly, alongside Biz Markie, Wu-Tang Clan, and Fat Joe, among many other prominent hip-hop artists. The CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as "a masterpiece" by The Source magazine. That same year, he recorded the theme song and appeared in the opening sequence of the Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon
TV series Kenan & Kel which ran for four seasons. After the success of Gangsta's Paradise, Coolio's next album was expected to be another hit. His third solo album titled My Soul, came out in 1997. Although it contained the major hit "C U When U Get There" and the album went platinum, it failed to reach the success of his previous two albums. Coolio
Coolio
was dropped from Tommy Boy Records
Tommy Boy Records
and his albums since then, 2001's Coolio.com, 2003's El Cool Magnifico, 2006's The Return of the Gangsta, and 2008's Steal Hear, have not charted on any Billboard chart. He did have a minor hit in the UK in 2006 with "Gangsta Walk" (featuring Snoop Dogg), which peaked at #67 on the UK pop chart. While touring with hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse, Coolio
Coolio
received a tattoo as a homage to the group's fanbase, reading "Jugalo Cool" [sic]. He stated that the misspelling was intentional.[2] Coolio
Coolio
has performed at the Gathering of the Juggalos.[2] Coolio
Coolio
was featured on an international collaboration track called 'Fuck the DJ' by UK rapper Blacklisted MC also featuring Bizarre of D12, Adil Omar (from Pakistan) and Uzimon (from Bermuda) the song was premiered on music website Noisey from Vice in October 2014.[3] Television[edit] In 2004, Coolio
Coolio
appeared as a contestant on Comeback - Die große Chance (engl. Comeback - The Big Chance), a German talent show on which artists were looking for a comeback. Coolio
Coolio
placed third, after Chris Norman
Chris Norman
and Benjamin Boyce. In 2009, Coolio
Coolio
appeared as a housemate on Celebrity Big Brother. He later went to appear on Ultimate Big Brother in 2010, where he decided it was best to leave the house after numerous confrontations with Nadia Almada and others in the house. In January 2012, he was one of eight celebrities participating in the Food Network
Food Network
reality series Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, where he represented the Music Saves Lives Organization.[4] He came in second place with a Zagat score of 23 out of 30, losing to Lou Diamond Phillips. As runner-up, he was awarded $10,000 for his charity. Coolio
Coolio
was featured on the March 5, 2013, episode of the ABC reality program Wife Swap,[5] but his then girlfriend left him after the program was taped.[6] On June 30, 2013, he appeared alongside comedian Jenny Eclair
Jenny Eclair
and Emmerdale
Emmerdale
actor Matthew Wolfenden on the UK game show Tipping Point: Lucky Stars, where he came second. Also on June 30, Coolio
Coolio
voiced a wax figure of himself on Gravity Falls. He also appeared on the "Homie-Work" episode of "The Nanny" with Fran Drescher in 1998. He portrayed a nerdy man, a "gift wrapper", transformed by the Jewish nanny into a "Rapper" for Maxwell Sheffield's new Rap musical. In July 2016, Coolio
Coolio
performed on ABC's Greatest Hits.[7] Philanthropy[edit] Coolio
Coolio
and jazz saxophonist Juarez were enlisted in July 2008 as spokespersons by the group Environmental Justice and Climate Change to educate students at historically black colleges and universities about global warming.[8] Coolio
Coolio
is a spokesperson for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. He says that he and his children are asthma sufferers. As a child, he was taken to the hospital several times due to asthma complications.[9] Personal life[edit] Artis Leon Ivey, Jr. was born in Compton, California.[1][10] After attending Compton Community College, he worked various jobs such as volunteer firefighting and security at the Los Angeles International Airport before becoming a rapper.[1][11] Coolio
Coolio
once dated Toral Patel, of Low Rider Magazine fame. In 1998, a court in Stuttgart
Stuttgart
sentenced Coolio
Coolio
to six months' probation and fined him $17,000 after convicting him of being an accessory to robbery and causing bodily injury.[12] Coolio
Coolio
appeared in the 2009 season of the British television show Celebrity Big Brother.[13] He appeared alongside his wife Coolia and talked about his six children from four different relationships. Coolio
Coolio
also appeared in Celebrity Wife Swap, which aired on March 5, 2013. On September 17, 2016, Coolio
Coolio
and members of his crew were arrested for having a loaded firearm inside of a bookbag at LAX. The bag was flagged by TSA as the group attempted to pass through a security checkpoint. One of his bodyguards claimed ownership of the bag, but witnesses stated that it belonged to Coolio
Coolio
himself.[14] On October 26, 2016, in an L.A. court, Coolio
Coolio
was placed on a 3-year probation and ordered to serve 45 days of community service for the crime.[15] On September 17, 2017, Coolio
Coolio
was denied entry into Singapore
Singapore
upon landing at Changi International Airport. Singapore's immigration and checkpoint authority declined to comment on the reason for confidentiality reasons. Coolio
Coolio
was travelling from Beijing to Singapore
Singapore
to perform at a Formula One concert event. [16] Discography[edit] Main article: Coolio
Coolio
discography Studio albums[edit]

It Takes a Thief (1994) Gangsta's Paradise
Gangsta's Paradise
(1995) My Soul (1997) Coolio.com
Coolio.com
(2001) El Cool Magnifico
El Cool Magnifico
(2002) The Return of the Gangsta
The Return of the Gangsta
(2006) Steal Hear
Steal Hear
(2008) From the Bottom 2 the Top (2009) Hotel C. (2015)

Collaborative albums[edit]

Ain't a Damn Thang Changed
Ain't a Damn Thang Changed
(with WC and the Maad Circle) (1991)

Filmography[edit] Coolio
Coolio
has made numerous appearances in television and movies, mostly small roles or cameos.

Space: Above and Beyond (1996) Season 1 Episode 19: 'R&R' Sabrina The Teenage Witch (1996) Kenan and Kel
Kenan and Kel
(1996–2000) (Appeared and sang the theme song in the opening credits) Batman & Robin (1997) Duckman
Duckman
(1997) Season 4 Episode 2: ' Coolio
Coolio
Runnings' An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997) Muppets Tonight (1997) The Nanny – The TV Series Episode: Homie Work (1998) On the Line (1998) Belly (1998) Malcolm & Eddie Season 3 'Daddio' (1999) Judgment Day (1999) Early Edition
Early Edition
Season 3 'Number one with a bullet' (1999) Bad Trip (1999) Leprechaun in the Hood
Leprechaun in the Hood
(2000) Submerged (2000) Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth
Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth
(2000) The Convent (2000) China Strike Force
China Strike Force
(2000) Dope Case Pending (2000) Get Over It (2001) In Pursuit (2001) Static Shock
Static Shock
(2002) Stealing Candy
Stealing Candy
(2002) Charmed
Charmed
Season 4 'Lazarus Demon' (2002) Move (2002) Daredevil (2003) (deleted scenes, restored in 2004 Director's Cut) Tapped Out (2003) Charmed
Charmed
(2002) Pterodactyl (2003) Red Water
Red Water
(2003) A Wonderful Night in Split (2004) Dracula 3000
Dracula 3000
(2004) Ravedactyl: Project Evolution (2005); short film Gang Warz (2006) Grad Night (2006) Three Days to Vegas (2007) Futurama: Bender's Big Score, as Kwanzaa-bot I Am Somebody: No Chance in Hell (it) (2008) (original title: Chinaman's Chance) Coolio's Rules(2008) Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off (2012)[4] Two Hundred Thousand Dirty (2012) Gravity Falls
Gravity Falls
As a wax-figure cameo Celebrity Wife Swap Husband ICP Theater Special
Special
guest (2013) BTS: American Hustle Life Mentor to KPOP group BTS on Mnet TV series (2014) Black Jesus Cameo as Himself (2014) Squidbillies
Squidbillies
Cameo as Himself (2017)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Coolio
Coolio
awards and nominations

Awards and nominations

Award Wins Nominations

American Music Awards

1 2

Grammy Awards

1 6

MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards

3 6

Totals

Awards won 5

Nominations 14

Coolio's 1995 song "Gangsta's Paradise" received several awards, including Best Rap Solo Performance at the Grammy Awards; and Best Rap Video and Best Video from a Film at the MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards. Coolio himself has received several awards, including Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist at the American Music Awards
American Music Awards
in 1996. At the Grammy Awards
Grammy Awards
in 1997, Coolio
Coolio
received three nominations: Best Rap Album
Best Rap Album
for Gangsta's Paradise, Best Rap Solo Performance for "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)", and Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for "Stomp". Overall, Coolio
Coolio
has received five awards from fourteen nominations. American Music Awards[edit] The American Music Awards
American Music Awards
is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973. Coolio
Coolio
has received one award from two nominations.[17][18][19]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

1996 Coolio Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist Won

1997 Coolio Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Nominated

Grammy Awards[edit] The Grammy Awards
Grammy Awards
are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. Coolio
Coolio
has received one award from six nominations.[17][20][21][22]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

1995 "Fantastic Voyage" Best Rap Solo Performance Nominated

1996 "Gangsta's Paradise" Record of the Year Nominated

Best Rap Solo Performance Won

1997 Gangsta's Paradise Best Rap Album Nominated

"1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" Best Rap Solo Performance Nominated

"Stomp" Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group Nominated

"Stomp" with Luke Cresswell, Fiona Wilkes, Carl Smith, Fraser Morrison, Everett Bradley, Mr. X, Melle Mel, Coolio, Yo-Yo, Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson, Shaquille O'Neal, Luniz

MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards[edit] The MTV Video Music Awards
MTV Video Music Awards
is an annual awards ceremony established in 1984 by MTV. Coolio
Coolio
has received three awards from six nominations.[17][23][24]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

1994 "Fantastic Voyage" Best Rap Video Nominated

1996 "Gangsta's Paradise" Best Rap Video Won

Best Video from a Film Won

Viewer's Choice Nominated

"1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" Best Dance Video Won

Best Male Video Nominated

References[edit]

^ a b c Huey, Steve. " Coolio
Coolio
Biography". allmusic. Retrieved June 18, 2016.  ^ a b TMZ Staff (June 7, 2010). "Coolio's Tattoo Screw Up – Nothin' But a 'G' Thang". TMZ.com. Retrieved 2010-06-07.  ^ "Listen to Blacklisted MC's "Fuck the DJ," Featuring Adil Omar, Coolio, Bizarre, and Uzimon - Noisey". Retrieved October 23, 2016.  ^ a b Dish, The FN (July 29, 2011). " Rachael vs. Guy
Rachael vs. Guy
Celebrity Cook-Off: New Show Premieres This Winter". Blog.foodnetwork.com. Retrieved 2012-02-06.  ^ McDonough, Kevin (March 5, 2013). "Celebrity shows have hit the 'D-List'". York Dispatch. Archived from the original on March 9, 2013.  ^ "'Celebrity Wife Swap' makes Coolio's girlfriend realize she could do better". Retrieved October 23, 2016.  ^ "Watch Greatest Hits TV Show - ABC.com". Retrieved October 23, 2016.  ^ "EJCC Enlist Coolio
Coolio
and Juarez to Launch Green Campaign". Theblackspotlight.com. Archived from the original on October 4, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2011.  ^ "OrganizedWisdom Health Discover what health experts are sharing now". Organizedwisdom.com. Retrieved 2010-07-10.  Has a cooking show online called "Cooking with Coolio" ^ "Artis L Ivey California Birth Index". familysearch. Retrieved 12 February 2017.  ^ Sweet, Matthew (August 23, 1997). "Golfa's paradise; interview: Coolio". The Independent. Retrieved June 19, 2016.  ^ "Rap Artist Is Fined In Theft in Germany". New York Times. December 4, 1998. Retrieved June 19, 2016.  ^ Big Brother ^ " Coolio
Coolio
& Entourage -- Busted At LAX For Loaded Firearm (VIDEO)". TMZ. Retrieved 12 February 2017.  ^ COOLIO PLEADS GUILTY TO GUN POSSESSION...But Judge Digs His 'Do - TMZ(12/01/2016) ^ "American rapper Coolio
Coolio
misses out on debut Singapore
Singapore
show after being denied entry". The Straits Times. Retrieved 17 September 2017.  ^ a b c "Coolio". Rock on the Net. Retrieved 2008-10-18.  ^ "Garth Brooks, Eagles Win Big at American Music Awards
American Music Awards
Event". Los Angeles Times. January 30, 1996.  ^ "American Music Awards". The Washington Post. January 26, 1997.  ^ "Will this be Sheryl's Crow's Night?". Hartford Courant. March 1, 1995.  ^ Hilburn, Robert (February 29, 1996). "The 38th Annual Grammy Awards". Los Angeles Times.  ^ "Grammy Awards". The Washington Post. February 23, 1997.  ^ "1994 Video Music Awards". MTV. Retrieved 2008-10-18.  ^ "1996 Video Music Awards". MTV. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 

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Albums

It Takes a Thief Gangsta's Paradise My Soul Coolio.com El Cool Magnifico The Return of the Gangsta Steal Hear From the Bottom 2 the Top

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Fantastic Voyage: The Greatest Hits

Singles

"County Line" "Mama I'm in Love" "I Remember" "Fantastic Voyage" "Gangsta's Paradise" "Too Hot" "It's All the Way Live (Now)" "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" "Hit 'Em High (The Monstars' Anthem)" "C U When U Get There" "Winner" "Ooh La La" "Ghetto Square Dance" "Hustler" "Gangsta Walk" "Boyfriend" "Change" "Lady" " Gangsta's Paradise
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