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Coolio Bio

This multi-talented Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist, composer and actor is one of the most popular and successful rappers worldwide.

Coolio, aka Artis Leon Ivey Jr, has sold over 30 million records globally and has performed in concerts to adoring fans across the world, from Africa to Japan.

His 1995 hit Gangsta’s Paradise catapulted Coolio onto the global stage, reaching #1 in the charts in USA, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.

The track Gangsta’s Paradise received several awards including Best Rap Solo Performance at the Grammy Awards, and Best Rap Video and Best Video From A Film at the MTV Music Awards. Coolio has also received the awards Favourite Rap/Hip Hop Artists at the American Music Awards, as well as received three nominations at the Grammys for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance and Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

Since his inauguration into the music industry, Coolio has produced and released five successful albums entitled It Takes A thief, Gangsta’s Paradise, My Soul, El Cool Magnifico and The Return Of The Gangsta.

His reputation spurred on major collaborations and releases that have received raving reviews and continued to capture the essence of Coolio’s convincing talents. Such collaborations include The Hustler featuring Kenny Rogers, Peepshow featuring XSS, Slip Away featuring Sicknature, Gangsta Walk featuring Snoop Dogg, Change featuring Ennio Morricone and the most recent single titled Lady featuring Storm Lee and Beat Nouveau.

He’s had an interesting career where he has made plenty of appearances in television and movies, mostly performing small roles or cameos. Such appearances include Sabrina: The Teenage Witch, Batman & Robin, The Nanny, Gang Warz, Daredevil, In Pursuit and On The Line with many more.

As well as being a musical superstar, Coolio has also had numerous cameo roles in television and movies and also appeared in UK’s Celebrity Big Brother.

In the diversified hip hop industry, Coolio is one of the few rap artists who has been able to garner mainstream success and critical acclaim.