Full Name: Leon Ivey Jr.
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.
- 1997-09-27 American singer-rapper Coolio (34) weds Los Angeles radio DJ Josefa Salinas (37) in Las Vegas; divorce in 2000
- 1995-08-08 "Gangster's Paradise" single released by Coolio (Billboard Song of the Year, 1995)