Grammy-winning rapper Coolio dies at age 59

Artis Leon Ivey Jr. was known professionally as the Coolio. He was also the pioneer in balancing the POP Music at the time.

His real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr. and was born on August 1, 1963. He was an American rapper, record producer. Coolio achieved mainstream success between the years 1990 to 2000. He was famous for his 1995 Grammy Award-winning song “Gangsta’s Paradise”.

Coolio was at the Los Angeles home of a friend when he died, his manager Jarez Posey told the press. The cause of his sudden death is not clear up till now.

He secured numerous accolades, among them a Grammy for the “best solo rap performance” with his track “Gangsta’s Paradise,” an MTV award for the “Best Rap Video” and “Best Video from A Film” for the same song. Additionally, he earned an MTV award for the “Best Dance Video” for his track “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New).”

All he Awards, and the peak of his career came in 1996, amid a wild feud between the hip-hop communities of the two coasts, which would end the lives of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. soon after.


Overview about Coolie’s Professional Life:

“I’d like to claim this Grammy on behalf of the whole hip-hop nation, West Coast, East Coast, and worldwide, united we stand, divided we fall,” he said from the stage as he acknowledged the award.

According to him, he began rapping at 15 and realized by 18 what he wanted to do with his life, yet he would go to junior college and work as a worker fireman and in airport security prior to giving himself full-time to the hip-hop.

His profession took off with the 1994 arrival of his debut album on Tommy Kid Records, “It Takes a Thief.” It’s initial track, “Fantastic Voyage,” would come to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

His career albums sales added up to 4.8 million, with 978 million on-request streams of his songs, as per Luminate. He would be assigned for six Grammys overall.


America has not only loose a person but a gem. History will always remember him as a great legand as his life was full of struggles and hard-work.

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