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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 Charged for Coke and a Smack

Coolio
Charged for Coke and a Smack

Coolio has officially been charged with felony cocaine possession -- and two other misdemeanors -- after cops say they found drugs in his luggage at LAX last week. Officials claim Coolio, real… READ MORE >

Coolio Busted for Crack

Coolio
Busted for Crack

TMZ has learned Coolio has just been arrested at LAX for possession of crack cocaine. We're told the rapper was going through a security screening to get to his Southwest Airlines flight when a… READ MORE >

- 1964 days ago
Coolio: Along Came a Spider ...

Coolio: Along Came a Spider ...

It looks like Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" needs an exterminator!We're told Coolio was in Rapid City, S.D. when he got bit by a rogue spider and had to go to the hospital for treatment.His rep,… READ MORE >

- 2169 days ago
Coolio to Lil Wayne: You're Goin' to Jail!

Coolio to Lil Wayne: You're Goin' to Jail!

Coolio voiced his opinion about fellow rapper Lil Wayne going to court on felony charges next month, saying Wayne needs "guidance."insertBCSinglePlayer(1628142954);This coming from a man who got… READ MORE >

- 2219 days ago
Racist, Party of One?

Racist, Party of One?

Never mind an outstanding arrest warrant, Coolio blames the club for his arrest -- calling One Sunset a racist establishment! insertBCSinglePlayer(1599793767);Our cameras caught the rapper leaving… READ MORE >

- 2234 days ago
Coolio Demands Gangsta Refund

Coolio Demands Gangsta Refund

Coolio may have lost $10,030 last night. 10 grand for bail, and 30 bucks for parking.insertBCSinglePlayer(1599873880);Before getting popped for driving on a suspended license, Mr. "I Used To Be… READ MORE >

- 2234 days ago
Coolio Coo-Coo-Cooked by Cops

Coolio Coo-Coo-Cooked by Cops

Maybe those braids really are pulled too tight: Coolio was just collared in Hollywood for driving on a suspended license. Not gangsta, no paradise!insertBCSinglePlayer(1599810787);Law enforcement… READ MORE >

- 2234 days ago
Coolio Cooks Away Street Cred

Coolio Cooks Away Street Cred

No more "Gangsta's Paradise" for Coolio, he's got a new cooking show and if you got a problem, he's got beef! Literally.insertBCSinglePlayer(1442790154);The rapper was outside of Opera last night… READ MORE >

- 2332 days ago
Cock-a-Doodle Coolio

Cock-a-Doodle Coolio

Rapper Coolio was spotted over the weekend at Los Angeles airport, doing his best rooster impression, taking rap bad fashion to an entirely new level ... probably coach. Just like the rest of the… READ MORE >

- 2438 days ago
Coolio -- Yes, He's Still Alive!

Coolio -- Yes, He's Still Alive!

TMZ cameras spotted '90s rapper Coolio in Hollywood last night, sporting his still incredible old hairdo! It's a timeless, classic style. The trendsetter spoke about Halloween in L.A. and all the… READ MORE >

- 2456 days ago

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