Rapper Coolio
Tinseltown /

Full Name: Leon Ivey Jr.
Profession: Rapper

United States of America

Biography: Coolio is an American rapper and actor best known for his 1995 hit single "Gangsta's Paradise," which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1995 film Dangerous Minds. He began his career in the mid-1980s as part of the rap group WC and the Maad Circle.

Coolio released his debut solo album It Takes a Thief in 1994, and followed it up with Gangsta's Paradise in 1995. The album was a commercial success, reaching number one on the Billboard 200 and selling over six million copies in the United States.

He has since released eight more albums, including his latest, The Return of the Gangsta (2018). He has also appeared in a number of films and television shows, most notably as a contestant on the reality show Celebrity Wife Swap in 2012.

Born: August 1, 1963
Birthplace: Monessen, Pennsylvania, USA

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Leo

Died: September 28, 2022 (aged 59)
Cause of Death: Suspected heart attack

Married Life

  • 1997-09-27 American singer-rapper Coolio (34) weds Los Angeles radio DJ Josefa Salinas (37) in Las Vegas; divorce in 2000

Historical Events

  • 1995-08-08 "Gangster's Paradise" single released by Coolio (Billboard Song of the Year, 1995)

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