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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 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.
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. 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.