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Coolio

Artis Leon Ivey Jr. (born August 1, 1963), better known by the stage name Coolio, is an American Grammy Award-winning musician, rapper, actor, and record producer. He is best known for the song "Gangsta's Paradise", and the theme song for Kenan & Kel, a Nickelodeon show from 1996 to 2000. He recorded two singles in 1987, titled "Watcha Gonna Do" and "You're Gonna Miss Me". Neither single was successful, but Coolio had made connections in the Los Angeles rap scene, and ended up joining the group WC and the Maad Circle in 1991. WC was the group's lead rapper, but Coolio was another rapper in the group. He had a few verses on the group's debut album, Ain't a Damn Thang Changed, including on the single "Dress Code". The album was regionally successful, but did not make much impact on a national scale. Three years later in 1994, Coolio signed to Tommy Boy Records and released his debut solo album, It Takes a Thief. The lead single "Fantastic Voyage" was put into 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. The album also contained a few minor hits in "County Line" and "I Remember". It Takes

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Coolio 'Completely Hammered' at Concert -- The Pics!

Coolio 'Completely Hammered' at Concert -- The Pics!

Coolio was a drunken, incoherent, vulgar mess at a concert last week in Minneapolis -- this according to the owner of the venue ... and based on the pictures obtained by TMZ, dude ain't lying. The… READ MORE >

Coolio's Tattoo Screw Up -- Nothin' But a 'G' Thang

Coolio's Tattoo Screw Up
Nothin' But a 'G' Thang

Coolio's brand new tattoo was supposed to impress his tour mates Insane Clown Posse, and their fans -- unfortunately whoever inked him up didn't use spell check.The body art was supposed to be an… READ MORE >

- 1508 days ago
Coolio's Baby Mama: Help Me Get Insurance

Coolio's Baby Mama: Help Me Get Insurance

Coolio's baby mama called in the government to force the rapper to cough up child support -- but what she really wants is health insurance.A local child support agency in Los Angeles filed… READ MORE >

- 1558 days ago
Coolio No Longer a Wanted Man

Coolio No Longer a Wanted Man

Coolio can now walk the streets without being arrested on sight.We're told the rapper finally showed up to court yesterday for his progress report hearing -- which means the $10,000 bench warrant… READ MORE >

- 1569 days ago
Coolio Gets Bench Slapped by Judge

Coolio Gets Bench Slapped by Judge

For the first time since 1995, Coolio is a wanted man again.TMZ has learned a $10,000 bench warrant was issued for Coolio's arrest today, after the rapper failed to show up to court in L.A for a… READ MORE >

- 1571 days ago
Boxing Promoters: DMX Got Us in a Real Fix

Boxing Promoters: DMX Got Us in a Real Fix

DMX may have wanted to fix his fight to avoid an ass-beating, but now he's really cruisin' for a bruisin' -- legally -- because the promoters that hired X are suing him for chickening out last… READ MORE >

- 1706 days ago
Today the Role of DMX Will be Played by Coolio

Today the Role of DMX Will be Played by Coolio

DMX couldn't come to terms with the people putting on a celeb boxing match next month -- meaning they wouldn't fix it so he would win -- so X is out and Coolio is in.Thunder Productions tells TMZ… READ MORE >

- 1718 days ago
Coolio Passes Out During Fantastic Voyage

Coolio Passes Out During Fantastic Voyage

If you snooze you lose -- except in Coolio's case, when passing out in front of the slot machines in Las Vegas simply means you break even.Coolio was caught open-mouthed and counting sheep at… READ MORE >

- 1774 days ago
Coolio Pleads Guilty, Avoids Slammer

Coolio Pleads Guilty, Avoids Slammer

Coolio copped a deal in his crack cocaine case -- avoiding jail time by pleading guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance.Charges of battery and possession of a smoking device… READ MORE >

- 1852 days ago
Coolio -- The Drugs Weren't Mine!

Coolio -- The Drugs Weren't Mine!

Coolio claims the cocaine he was busted with at LAX wasn't his -- because only an "idiot" would try to get coke past airport security, and he's no fool.The rapper with the crazy hair was back at… READ MORE >

- 1899 days ago

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