Gangsta's Paradise rapper Coolio dead at 59
Artis Leon Ivey Jr. (August 1, 1963 – September 28, 2022), known professionally as
, was an American rapper.
Coolio began his rap career in California in the late 80s, but gained global famed in 1995 when he released
for the soundtrack of the film
he worked in jobs such as volunteer firefighting and security at Los Angeles International Airport, before becoming a rapper
Coolio won the Grammy Award for best solo rap performance. Gangsta’s Paradise overtook one billion views on YouTube earlier this year
Coolio recorded his first single in 1987, titled "Whatcha Gonna Do