Artis Leon Ivey, Jr. (born August 1, 1963), better known by the stage name Coolio, is an African-American United States rapper musician and actor. He became famous during 1994 with his debut single "Fantastic Voyage Fantastic Voyage (Coolio song) ", and later during 1995 1995 in music with the successful single hit single "Gangsta's Paradise" Gangsta's Paradise (song) , which was part of the soundtrack for the film Dangerous Minds.
Coolio was born in Compton, California, the son of Artis Leon Ivey Sr., a carpenter carpentry , and Jackie Slater, a factory worker. His parents divorced. Coolio got into trouble outside home as he spent time with Compton's Mona Park Crips gang members, although he was never formally accepted into the gang.
Coolio was a regular guest of the Los Angeles radio station KDAY.
Coolio's early musical career was ended as he began selling "crack" cocaine. After rehabilitation, Coolio worked various odd jobs such as working as a California Conservation Corps member at the Pomona site, and as a firefighter in the forests of northern California during the 1980s.Coolio performed the theme song for the 1996 television program Kenan & Kel, entitled "Awww Here It Goes". Coolio also appeared in a one-time role as the host of a pleasure palace in Space: Above and Beyond. He also featured in an episode of The Bill, as well as in an episodes of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and The Nanny where he played the nephew of Ray Charles' character.
During 2001, he was a special guest of the television program Beat the Geeks; he lost. In 2002 Coolio guest starred in the hit series Charmed, as a Lazarus demon, in the episode Marry Go Round. He played himself in the episode Coolio Runnings of the animated comedy program Duckman. He also voiced Kwanzaa-bot, a character featured in the "A Tale of Two Santas" episode of Futurama. In fact, according to the DVD commentary, the producers of Futurama were so impressed by his range of voices, that they said he could do voice-over work professionally. Coolio reprised the character for the direct-to-DVD feature Bender's Big Score.
During 2002, Coolio was a contestant on the television program Celebrity Fear Factor Fear Factor . During the third round, he referred to himself as "El Cool Magnifico" (which would become the title of his fourth studio album). That same year, he appeared on Celebrity Bootcamp and won. Coolio starred in the 2003 made-for-TV movie Dracula 3000, in which he played a space-faring stoner named 187 187 (murder) , and the feature film Exposed Exposed (2003 film) , in which he played a rapper named "Bigg Heat". Coolio played the role of US Navy sailor Franky in the 2004 Croatian film A Wonderful Night in Split. During 2004 he participated in the German Comeback Show where he finished as third behind Chris Norman and Benjamin Boyce.
He made another television movie appearance during 2005 as a military officer in the horror film Pterodactyl Pterodactyl (film) . That year, he also appeared i Joey Joey (TV series) on the episode "Joey and the Poker."
During 2007, Coolio made an appearance on America's Funniest Home Videos as a judge to give his opinions on the videos that were shown.
During 2008, Coolio hosted an online cooking show (or video podcast), Cookin' with Coolio, for the website and network My Damn Channel. A companion cookbook named Cookin' with Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price was released on November 17, 2009 published by Simon and Schuster..
Coolio features with his family in the Oxygen Oxygen (TV channel) cable television network TV network 's reality show reality television Coolio's Rules, which premiered October 28, 2008. The program follows Coolio as he tries to raise a family, start a new catering business, and date.
On January 2, 2009, he entered the Celebrity Big Brother 2009 (UK) house, alongside fellow Americans La Toya Jackson and Verne Troyer. He was controversial, and polarised opinion amongst fans of the show. He was accused by some of making offensive jokes and comments, both of a racist and ***ist nature. Ofcom received some official complaints regarding the matter but did not perform an official inquiry. In particular Michelle Heaton cried numerous times and claimed that Coolio's constant hints that there was a relationship between her and Ben Adams was the cause. However some viewers considered his comments to be harmless and found his playful actions not only entertaining but a good feature of the program. One of his most notable moments was an emotional response to the inauguration of Barack Obama. On Friday 23 January 9:30 UK time he finished third in the Celebrity Big Brother final.
During January 2009, Coolio worked with David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married with Children) for an episode of Faustino's program Star-ving - Faustino's ex-wife is living with Coolio.
On February 24, 2009, Coolio appeared on Channel Five in the UK to discuss Barack Obama's election, stating that he would "take a bullet" for the President. He also spoke of his love for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team.
Coolio has also acted in the online series 'Man in the Box', which also features Mike Polk along with a cast of Cleveland comedians.
He appeared with Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and Jon Favreau in the director's cut version of Daredevil Daredevil (film) , where he played a kindhearted man who was accused of murder. This part was removed from the theatrical release but restored in the director's cut.*His song "Gangsta's Paradise" Gangsta's Paradise (song) uses sampling Sampling (music) from Stevie Wonder's Pastime Paradise and was parodied by "Weird Al" Yankovic as "Amish Paradise" during 1996.
*In the Twisted Metal 2 video game for the PlayStation gaming console, he appeared in a billboard.
*In the television series 30 Rock, Tracy Jordan states that the Black crusaders wanted him to disappear "just like Coolio" to which Liz Lemon responds "Coolio's still around".
*Commenting on the criminal record of Ol' Dirty Bastard, Chris Rock asserts in his 1999 spoken word song, "No *** (In the Champagne Room)", that "ODB couldn't have possibly committed all those crimes. Coolio did some of that shit."
*Ska punk band Patent Pending Patent Pending (band) mentions Coolio several times in their song "The Website Is Under Construction," singing "Where the hell is Coolio tonight?"
*The band Andrew Vincent and the Pirates mentions Coolio in its song 'Girlfriend's Dog', singing "She calls him Frank, but I've been calling him Coolio."
*In the song "Go To Church" from Ice Cube's "Laugh Now, Cry Later" album, rapper Snoop Dogg mentions Coolio, he also appears briefly in the video.
*Snoop Dogg also mentions Coolio in his song Doggy Dogg World in the lines It's like everywhere I look, and everywhere I go, I'm hearin' m----rf----rs tryin' to steal my flow, but it ain't no thang 'cause see my nigga Coolio, put me up on the game when I step through the do'.
*In the children's computer game DinoPark Tycoon, Coolio appears in the crowd of guests at the player's Dino Park.
*In the UK TV series Benidorm Benidorm (TV Series) , the character Chantelle names her baby Coolio after it looked exactly like Coolio.
*In his song "Sean Falyon is Everywhere", Sean Falyon gives Coolio a shout-out, saying "I'm cool like a beer milkshake, Coolio made the world shake"
*In Irish television soap opera Fair City, the character Sarah Malloy often refers to her childhood crush on Coolio, and what would have happened if she had realized her idea of relocating to California in order to meet him.
*RTÉ 2fm's The Colm & Jim-Jim Breakfast Show regularly claim that Coolio is dead. (He isn't.)
*In the 1995 film Clueless (film), Coolio's song "Rollin' With the Homies" is mentioned in several scenes.
*Post-Hardcore group In Fear and Faith covered "Gangsta's Paradise" Gangsta's Paradise (song) during 2009.
*In the movie "Phat Beach", Benny doesn't think he is going to get a room because the guy beside him is Coolio and his best friend doesn't know who he is.On the television program Celebrity Big Brother 2009 (UK)
During February 2009 Coolio did a stage dive at a college show in England in Stoke-On-Trent. Nobody caught him. As he lay on the ground people stole his chains and his clothes. As James Fielden describes, "He nearly flattened one poor girl. Then all the students decided to launch on him. They grabbed whatever they could, including his trainers, watch, chains and glasses. He was pulled back on stage by the bouncers. They got his shoes back for him."
During March 2009 he was detained at Los Angeles airport for possession of crack cocaine.*It Takes a Thief It Takes a Thief (album) (1994)
*Gangsta's Paradise (1995)
*My Soul (1997)
*El Cool Pacifico (2000)
*Coolio.com (2001) (Japan-limited release)
*El Cool Magnifico (2002)
*The Return of the Gangsta (2006)
*Steal Hear (2008)
*From The Bottom 2 The Top (2009)Coolio has made numerous appearances in television and movies, mostly small roles or cameos.
*Batman & Robin Batman & Robin (film) (1997)
*The Nanny - The TV Series Episode: Homie Work (1998)
*On the Line (1998)
*Tyrone AKA The Bad Trip (1999)
*Early Edition Season 3 'Number one with a bullet' (1999)
*Leprechaun: In The Hood (2000)
*Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth (2000)
*China Strike Force
*Dope Case Pending (2000)
*Get Over It Get Over It (film) (2001)
*In Pursuit (2001)
*Stealing Candy (2002)
*Move Move (2002 film) (2002)
*Daredevil - Director's Cut Daredevil (film) (2003)
*Tapped Out (2003)
*Pterodactyl Pterodactyl (film) (2003)
*Red Water (2003)
*Gang Warz (2006)
*Grad Night (2006)
*Three days to Vegas (2007)
*Chinaman's Chance (2008)
*Futurama as Kwanzaabot (2008)
*Man in the Box as Coolio (2009)Coolio's 1995 song "Gangsta's Paradise" 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 Video Music Awards. Coolio himself has received several awards, including Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist at the American Music Awards in 1996. At the Grammy Awards in 1997, Coolio received three nominations: Best Rap Album for Gangsta's Paradise, Best Rap Solo Performance for "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)", and Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for "Stomp". Overall, Coolio has received five awards from thirteen nominations.
American Music Awards
The American Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973. Coolio has received one award from two nominations.
The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. Coolio has received one award from six nominations.
MTV Video Music Awards
The MTV Video Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony established in 1984 by MTV. Coolio has received three awards from five nominations.
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