Coolio was an American rapper, record producer, and actor. Coolio achieved mainstream success in the mid-to-late 1990s with his albums It Takes a Thief (1994), Gangsta’s Paradise (1995), and My Soul (1997).

His popular tune “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1995 and won the award, as well as his other singles “Fantastic Voyage” (1994), “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)” (1996), and “C U When U Get There,” brought him the most fame (1997).


In addition to this, he is well-known for contributing the opening music “Aw, Here It Goes!” to the television series Kenan & Kel, which aired on Nickelodeon in 1996.

Coolio began releasing his CDs independently in 1996 and also began a career as a chef, which led to the creation of the web series “Cookin’ with Coolio” as well as the publication of a cookbook.

Ivey first came to prominence when he was a part of the gangsta rap trio WC and the Maad Circle, which he joined along with WC and Crazy Toones, WC’s brother.

Rapper Coolio Parents: Meet Jackie Slater and Artis Leon Ivey Sr.

Late rapper Coolio was born to his parents Jackie Slater (mother) and Artis Leon Ivey Sr. (father).

His mother and father were born in the United States and made their home in Monessen, Pennsylvania.

Jackie Slater, Coolio’s mother, worked in a factory while her husband, Coolio’s father, was a carpenter.


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