Gangsters Paradise by Coolio

Gangsters Paradise

Song Information

"Gangsta's Paradise" is a rap song by Coolio featuring L.V. from the movie Dangerous Minds (1995). The song was later released on the albums Gangsta's Paradise and Dangerous Minds soundtrack in 1995. Coolio was awarded a Grammy for the song/album. The song was voted as the best single of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll.It sampled the chorus and music of the song "Pastime Paradise" by Stevie Wonder (1976). Wonder performed the song with Coolio and L.V. at the 1995 Billboard Awards.The song was also listed at number 69 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All-Time and number one biggest selling single of 1995 on U.S. Billboard. In 2008, it was ranked number 38 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.In November 1995, the song was featured prominently in the opening montage of "Internal Affairs", a second season episode of the FOX police drama television series New York Undercover. Show video tutorial!

About the Artist

Artis Leon Ivey, Jr. (born August 1, 1963), better known by the stage name Coolio, is an American rapper, musician and actor. He became famous during 1994 with his debut single "Fantastic Voyage", and later during 1995 with the successful single "Gangsta's Paradise", which was part of the soundtrack for the film Dangerous Minds. Coolio was born in Monessen, Pennsylvania, the son of Artis Leon Ivey Sr., a carpenter, and Jackie Slater, a factory worker. His parents divorced and his family moved to Compton, California. Coolio got into trouble outside home as he spent time with Compton's Mona Park Crips gang members, although he was never formally accepted into the gang. Coolio was a regular guest of the Los Angeles radio station KDAY. Coolio's early musical career was ended as he began selling crack cocaine. After rehabilitation, Coolio worked various odd jobs such as working as a California Conservation Corps member at the Pomona site, and as a firefighter in the forests of northern California during the 1980s. e recorded two singles in the late 80s, titled "Watcha Gonna Do" and "You're Gonna Miss Me".
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