Coolio is an American rapper, singer, actor as well as chef. He got after his songs and album were hit in 1995. He has sold over 17 million copies of his albums and songs. His song Gangsta’s Paradise was a major for the movies Dangerous Mind and it brought him a lot of fame and popularity. Apart from working as a singer and record producer, Coolio is an excellent chef and actor. Most of his fortune has been earned from music, albums he produced and working as an actor. His current net worth is reported to be $250 thousand.
Genres: Hip hop, gangsta rap, G-funk, west coast hip hop
Labels: Warner Bros., Tommy Boy
Associated acts: J.T. Taylor, Snoop Dogg, Sir Jinx, Ras Kass, Method Man, WC and the Maad Circle, 2Pac, Chilly Chill, Ice-T, Low Profile, Falling in Reverse, Busta Rhymes, B-Real
Albums: It Takes a Thief, El Cool Magnifico, My Soul , Gangsta’s Paradise, Steal Hear, Hotel C, From the Bottom 2 the Top
Movies: Belly, Muppets Tonight , Batman & Robin, Duckman, Get Over It, Daredevil, Charmed , Coolio’s Rules, Dracula 3000 , Black Jesus, Gravity Falls
Artis Leon Ivey Jr who is more popular as Coolio was born in 1963 in California. His father was a carpenter while mother worked in a local factor. He was raised in a poor family and lived in a broken house. He was only eleven when his parents decided to get divorce. He attended a local school but became a part of gang in the school. His early life was a disaster as he arrested, faced prison and was addicted to drugs.
He joined Compton Community College and developed passion for singing and rap when he was in school. At the age of seventeen, he was arrested and faced jail in a case of money theft. He was even sent to rehabilitation center after he picked up crack cocaine addiction. After that he did several other odd jobs in order to make some money and return to his music career.
Coolio had started rapping when he was in college. He released Watcha Gonna Do and You’re Gonna Miss Me in 1987 but they were a disaster and didn’t get the desired response. After that he decided to join WC, a rap group in LA, and released more songs that were somehow successful.
It was 1995 when he released Gangsta’s Paradise and it brought awesome results for him. It became his best song and one of the unbeaten raps of all time. After that he started recording more albums and songs for movies and TV series. He went to become a popular rapper and singer. But from 2001 to 2008, he has not given any best song except the one Gangsta Walk that he did with Snoop Dog in 2006.
Awards and Achievements
When it comes to the achievements and awards of Coolio, he has been nominated for various awards and won many as well. He got six nominations for the Grammy award and won it in 1996 for Best Rap Solo Performance. In 1996 and 1997 he won MTV Video Award and four American Online Awards. His music and rapping career has helped him earn a great amount of money.
He is a really good actor and chef too. He worked in few HBO movies and TV series. When it comes to his personal life, has been in relationship with four women and have six children from them. He is also an active philanthropist and a representative for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation to make school kids aware of the diseases.
How Rich is Coolio?
Coolio has an estimated net worth of $250k.