According to TMZ and Variety, the iconic rapper Coolio died last Wednesday at the age of 59. It occurred in Los Angeles (United States), while he was visiting an EMT friend of his.
Jarez, his friend’s agent, was the one who discovered Coolio’s motionless body on the toilet floor. According to TMZ, he instantly summoned the emergency services, but they were unable to save him, and they believe he would have had a heart arrest. Furthermore, police sources have verified to this media that no narcotics were discovered at the scene of death.
A tragedy that has shocked the music community in the United States, since it is the loss of a well-known rapper who began his rap career just after graduating from high school. A realm in which he sought sanctuary after a difficult upbringing, and where he rose to prominence, performing with bands such as WC and the Maad Circle before going solo in 1994.
Coolio gained recognition with the single ‘Gangsta’s Paradise.’
His name gradually gained prominence, particularly a year later, in 1995, when he published what is now one of his best-known songs, and one of the most popular songs in this genre, ‘Gangsta’s Paradise,’ which also appeared in the film ‘Dangerous Minds’ (Dangerous Minds). A topic that not only sparkled on film but also got him the Grammy Award for best solo rap performance in 1996.
Coolio not only excelled on stage owing to his music, but he also appeared in films and television, including ‘Martin'(1995),’Sabrina the Teenage Witch'(1996),’Batman & Robin'(1997),’The Nanny'(1998),’Tyrone'(1999),’Charmed'(2002),’Futurama'(2001 and 2010), and’Gravity Falls ‘ (2012). In addition, in 2008, he launched his cooking show, ‘Cookin’ with Coolio,’ which aired on MyDamnChannel.
The rapper also served as a reference for many great stars of today, and that is that he was a mentor, along with Tony, of the South Korean band BTS, to whom he taught the history of hip hop, a genre that they dominate today.
Coolio was born in Pennsylvania, but his career took off in Compton, a city south of Los Angeles that has given birth to rap legends like Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Kendrick Lamar. He began recording music in the 1980s and released his first single, Whatcha Gonna Do (What You Gonna Do? ), in 1987. His first album included another of his career’s biggest hits, Fantastic Voyage, a song that praised the laid-back West Coast lifestyle, cars, and slow living. All of this was shown in the video, along with the iconic low riders of the Californian coast, and the tuned cars.
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