Adieu Coolio / Farewell To Coolio Iconic & Grammy-winning rapper Dead at 59

During the end of the year 1995, it was virtually impossible to go anywhere without hearing the soulful, streetwise strains of “Gangsta’s Paradise” blasting out of somebody’s radio. Distinguished by Coolio‘s thoughtful lyrics and distinctive verbal flow, the song is a deeply affecting listening experience. With thoughtful lyrics and distinctive verbal flow, L.V.’s gospel-tinged wail and Doug Rasheed’s starkly funky production.

Design of a Legacy 

The musician, whose full name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr. found incredible success with the Grammy Award-winning song "Gangsta's Paradise," and through his debut album, "It Takes a Thief," released in 1994 and which featured the song "Fantastic Voyage." Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" sold 6 million copies and won the best solo rap performance Grammy in 1996 after it was featured in Michelle Pfeiffer's 1995 film "Dangerous Minds.

Propelling him to international fame, it remained at number one on the US Billboard charts for three weeks and earned him a Grammy for best solo rap performance.



Capitalizing on the success of the single and the album of the same name to a mainstream career that included three more top 40 hits and two songs on the “Space Jam” soundtrack.

Coolio also parlayed his fame into dozens of movie roles, including an appearance in 1997′s “Batman & Robin,” starring George Clooney.

Coolio's star dimmed somewhat from the mainstream after the 1990s, but the rapper keep himself busy and never really went away, reinventing himself as a performer in a new genre. Remaining in the limelight by writing a cooking book while appearing in shows, like Futurama, Charmed, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Tyrone, Midnight Mas and Big Brother also features soundtracks, he provided the opening track Aw, Here It Goes! for the TV series Kenan & Kel. However, lately he has focused on charity work with organizations such as the Asthma Foundation. In addition to his book, Coolio has taken his culinary career to the small screen, having appeared on the Food Network, as well as a web series, "Cookin' With Coolio.  

Coolio Remembered 


 Sadly, he passed away suddenly on September 28, 2022, as per Vibe magazineCNN. He was 59.

The news of his death was confirmed by Coolio’s representatives.


“We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio, who passed away this afternoon,” they said in a statement. “He touched the world with the gift of his talent and will be missed profoundly

“Thank you to everyone worldwide who has listened to his music and to everyone who has been reaching out regarding his passing. Please have Coolio’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”

KREYOL Mag sends our deepest condolences to Coolio’s family, fans and friends during this time.

Tributes from the music world immediately poured in for the late rapper.

Sharing a clip from the music video on Instagram, Pfeiffer said she was "heartbroken" over a "life cut entirely too short".

See an article about him in Rolling Stone Magazine

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