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Artis Leon Ivey Jr. (August 1, 1963 September 28, 2022), better known as Coolio, was an American rapper and actor.

He was known for his Grammy Award-winning "Gangsta's Paradise" (originally made for the soundtrack of the film Dangerous Minds) and his minor parts in several films such as the director's cut of Daredevil (2003).


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

This artist's works provide examples of:

  • As the Good Book Says...: "Gangsta's Paradise" starts off with Psalm 23:4 "As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death".
  • Author Appeal: He likes sampling from Lakeside.
  • The Cameo: For acting roles, he usually does this.
  • Sampling:
    • "Fantastic Voyage" samples the song of the same name by Lakeside.
    • "Gangsta's Paradise" samples the chorus and instrumentation of Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise".
    • "It's All the Way Live (Now)" samples "It's All the Way Live" by Lakeside.
  • Villainous Lament: "Gangsta's Paradise" is about a hoodlum who obviously knows that his lifestyle is morally wrong and self-destructive but has given up hope on changing for the better.

"DAMN! Now how am I gonna get home?!"


Gangsta's to Amish Paradise

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