Artis Leon Ivey Jr., known under the stage name Coolio, is an American rapper, singer, record producer and actor. Coolio enjoyed mainstream success in the mid to late 1990s with albums It Takes a Thief, Gangsta's Paradise and My Soul. He is known for his 1995 Grammy-winning single "Gangsta's Paradise", as well as other singles "Fantastic Voyage", "1, 2, 3, 4" and "C U When U Get There". He is also known for rapping the theme song for the Nickelodeon series Kenan & Kel in the late 1990s. Since then, Coolio has released the album independently and also became a chef, creating a web channel named Cookin 'with Coolio and posting a cookbook . Ivey was originally known as a member of the gangsta WC and Maad Circle rap groups along with WC and his brother, Crazy Toones.
|Birth name||Artis Leon Ivey Jr.|
|Born||August 1, 1963, Compton, California, U.S.|
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Hip hop, West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, pop rap, funk, G-funk, pop|
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, singer, record producer, actor|
|Labels||Tommy Boy, Warner Bros, Allied Artists Music Group|
|Associated acts||WC and the Maad Circle, Sir Jinx, Ras Kass, Dazzie Dee, L.V.|
|Website||Coolio's Official site|
Born Artis Leon Ivey Jr., he is a rapper best known for the single "Gangsta's Paradise," which won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video in 1996. He is also known for performing the opening theme for the '90s Nickelodeon show Keenan and Kel.
He released two failed songs, "Watcha Gonna Do" and "You're Gonna Miss Me," which landed him with WC and the Maad Circle.
In 1994, his hit song Fantastic Voyage made it to #3 on the top 100 Billboard.
He married Josefa Salinas on May 18, 1996 and the couple divorced in 2000. He has twin daughters named Shayne and Kate along with eight other children named Artisha, Darius, Zhaneand, Milan, Artis, Brandi, Grtis and Jackie.
He recorded a single called "Gangsta Walk" with Snoop Dogg.
- Musicians from Compton, California
- Artists from Tommy Boy Records
- G-funk artists
- Politicians from Los Angeles
- Rapper from Los Angeles
- Rapper Gangsta
- West Coast hip-hop musician
- American Rapper
Latest information about Coolio updated on June 23 2021.