TOP 10 Facts of Coolio People May Not Know


Coolio, the American rapper, actor, and chef, is a multifaceted artist known for his hit songs, unique style, and charismatic personality. While many people are familiar with his music, there are several interesting facts about Coolio that may not be well-known.

Here are the top 10 lesser-known facts about this talented artist

Coolio is an American rapper, actor and record producer. He is best known for his 1995 hit single “Gangsta’s Paradise”, as well as several other songs including “Fantastic Voyage” and “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)”.


1. Coolio was born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. on August 1, 1963 in Compton, California. His mother took him out of school in the ninth grade and he began working various odd jobs to help support the family. When he was 17 years old he joined the US Army but was quickly discharged for fighting.

2. After being discharged from the Army, Coolio began dabbling in drugs and selling them on the streets of Compton. He was arrested several times and spent time in jail.

3. It was during one of his stints in jail that Coolio began writing songs and decided he wanted to pursue a career in music. When he was released, he started recording demo tapes and shopping them around to record labels.

4. In 1994, Coolio finally landed a record deal with Tommy Boy Records. His first album, “It Takes a Thief”, was released that same year and featured the hit single “Fantastic Voyage”.

5. “Gangsta’s Paradise” was released as a single in 1995 and quickly rose to the top of the charts, becoming one of the most popular songs of the year. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.

6. In 1996, Coolio’s second album, “My Soul”, was released. The album was not as successful as his debut but did spawn the hit single “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)”.

7. In 1997, Coolio appeared in the film “Dangerous Ground” and also released his third album, “Gangsta’s Paradise”. The album was once again met with mixed reviews but did contain the hit single “C U When U Get There”.

8. In 1998, Coolio starred in his own short-lived sitcom on the WB network called “The Famous Jett Jackson”. The show was cancelled after one season.

9. In 1999, Coolio released his fourth album, “Coolio’s Rule”, which was a mix of rap and R&B. The album was not commercially successful and Coolio soon parted ways with Tommy Boy Records.

10. In recent years, Coolio has appeared as a contestant on reality TV shows such as “Celebrity Wife Swap” and ” Celebrity Big Brother”. He has also toured with ’90s nostalgia acts such as Vanilla Ice and Tone Loc.

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