'Gangsta's Paradise' rapper Coolio dies at age 59 - Alabama News
The cause was not immediately clear.
He was nominated for five other Grammys during a career that began in the late-1980s.Born in Monessen, Pennsylvania south of Pittsburgh, Coolio moved to Compton, California, where he went to community college. He worked as a volunteer firefighter and in airport security before devoting himself full-time to the hip-hop scene.
His career took off with the 1994 release of his debut album on Tommy Boy Records, “It Takes a Thief.” It’s opening track, “Fantastic Voyage,” would reach No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.A year later, “Gangsta’s Paradise” would become a No. 1 single, with its dark opening lyrics:
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