Coolio, a Californian rapper whose first name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., rose to fame in the 1990s with hits like ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ and ‘Fantastic Voyage’, was found dead on Wednesday, September 28, in hours of afternoon local time (Los Angeles, California). This was reported by Jarez Posey, his friend and manager of the artist, in statements to the celebrity news portal TMZ, said that Coolio was found unconscious in the bathroom of a friend’s house.
He began his musical career at the end of the 80’s, but his fame and success came in 1995 with the release of his song ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’, which was part of the soundtrack of the movie ‘Dangerous Minds’, which was translated into Spanish. is ‘Dangerous Minds’. The following year the artist was awarded the Grammy for best rap performance as a solo artist.
The song sold millions of copies worldwide, topping the music charts in 16 countries, becoming number one on the Billboard charts in 1995.
The music video was directed by Antoine Fugua and featured Michelle Pfeiffer, playing the role she played in the movie Dangerous Minds. The video won the awards for Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Video from a Movie at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards.
During the 34th Grammy Awards, Coolio won Best Rap Performance for Gangsta’s Paradise, which was also nominated for Best Song but lost to Seal’s Kiss From a Rose.
Coolio was also the interpreter of Aw, Here It Goes, the musical theme of Kenan & Kel, a 1996 series that was broadcast in Latin America through the Nickelodeon channel.
In the streaming era, it was in force, in July 2022 the song reached the figure of one billion views on YouTube.
In a recent interview, he said, “It’s one of those kinds of songs that transcends generations,” adding, “I didn’t use any buzzwords, I think I made it timeless.”
Throughout his career, Coolio sold more than 17 million records, according to his website.
Coolio’s last post on his Instagram account was a snippet from his presentation at ACL Live, the event that took place 6 days ago in Austin, Texas.
However, a video of almost 19 minutes with memorable moments of what seems to be Coolio’s last concert has already been published on his official Instagram account, the person who now manages the profile did not place any description; but among the comments, Kickstradomis Customs stood out, who wrote: “RIP LEGEND” (Rest In Peace, LEGEND).
The Instagram post was also filled with condolences from his fans, on various social networks comments such as “It’s a shame, Coolio made an incomparable hip hop anthem”, “He’s already in rappers’ Paradise” and ” It’s a shame, but he was great.”
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The hip hop scene says goodbye to a great: Coolio successful rapper in the 90’s dies at 59