Rapper Coolio, who helped outline the sound of the Nineteen Nineties, died in Los Angeles on Sept. 28 on the age of 59, his supervisor, Jarez Posey, confirmed to Rolling Stone.
Coolio was born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. in Monessen, PA, in 1963. He later moved to the Compton neighborhood of Los Angeles, house to many different notable rappers together with members of the group N.W.A, Kendrick Lamar, and Roddy Ricch. Coolio launched his debut album, “It Takes a Thief,” in 1994, and the next yr, he launched the seminal “Gangsta’s Paradise.” The title observe, which interpolates Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise,” is amongst Coolio’s most generally identified songs.
Over the course of his profession, he launched eight studio albums, his final one being “From the Bottom 2 the Top” in 2009. Coolio acquired six Grammy Award nominations, and “Gangsta’s Paradise” earned him the award for finest rap solo efficiency in 1996.
In addition to his signature gravity-defying braids, Coolio solidified his icon standing for a lot of millennials when his track “Aw, Here It Goes!” was used because the theme for the 1996 Nickelodeon sequence “Kenan & Kel.” He appeared in varied different movies and tv reveals through the years, primarily as himself. His culinary expertise additionally impressed the launch of the “Cookin’ With Coolio” net sequence in 2008.
Coolio was performing up till his loss of life, and his final public look was at Riot Fest in Chicago on Sept. 18.
POPSUGAR reached out to Coolio’s rep for remark however didn’t instantly hear again.