American actor and rapper

Artis Leon Ivey Jr. is an American rapper, musician, actor, and record producer better known by his stage name, Coolio.

Coolio in 2002
Background information
Birth nameArtis Leon Ivey Jr.
Also known asCoolio
Born (1963-08-01) August 1, 1963 (age 57)
OriginCompton, California, U.S.
GenresHip hop, Gangsta rap, G-funk
Occupation(s)Rapper, actor, record producer
Years active1987–present
Associated actsWC and the Maad Circle, Low Profile, Sir Jinx, Ras Kass, Ice-T, 2Pac, J.T. Taylor
WebsiteOfficial website

Coolio's best known song is "Gangsta's Paradise" which was released on the album of the same name. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance, two MTV Video Music Award's for Best Rap Video and for Best Video from a Film and a Billboard Music Award for the song/album. Coolio also sang the theme song "Aw, Here It Goes" for the Nickelodeon television show, Kenan & Kel.[1]


Studio albumsEdit

Coolio has released 8 studio albums:

Year Album
1997 It Takes a Thief
1998 Gangsta's Paradise
2000 My Soul
2004 El Cool Magnifico
2005 The Return of the Gangsta
2007 Steal Hear
2010 From the Bottom 2 the Top


  1. ""Kenan & Kel" (1996) - Soundtrack". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2012-10-26.

Other websitesEdit