Coolio, a rapper who won a Grammy, became a major figure in the 1990s rap scene and was worth an estimated $80 million in 2022. The 59-year-old musician was found dead at a friend’s house on the morning of September 28, according to TMZ. There is no confirmed explanation for his death.
He was also well-known for his acting in both television and film in addition to his musical accomplishments. There is no denying that the entertainment industry is poorer with his passing.
Background of Rapper Coolio
Artis Leon Ivey Jr., better known as Coolio, was born on August 1, 1963, in Compton, California. His parents separated when he was 11 years old; his mother, Jackie, was a factory worker, while his father, Artis Sr., was a carpenter.
He spent a lot of time reading as a kid because he had to stay inside during asthma attacks. As a youngster, Coolio joined the gang Baby Crips and began carrying guns to school because he was having trouble adjusting to his parents split.
After being arrested for larceny when he was only 17, he served a few months behind bars. Coolio competed as “Coolio Iglesias” in local hip-hop contests while studying at Compton Community College, which led to regular airplay on Los Angeles radio station KDAY.
His drug habit was getting in the way of his music career, so he decided to get help. After leaving treatment, Coolio held multiple professions, including those in firefighting and airport security, all while pursuing his rap career.
What Was Coolio’s Net Worth?
|Net Worth||$1.5 million|
|Source of Wealth:||Music, Film, Television|
|Birth Place:||Compton, California|
|Marital Status:||Married (Josefa Salinas)|
|Full Name:||Artis Leon Ivey Jr.|
|Date of Birth:||August 1, 1963|
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Coolio left behind an estimated $1.5 million in wealth when he passed away.
The megahit song he wrote, “Gangsta’s Paradise,” featured in the 1995 film Dangerous Minds, which catapulted him to fame in the Los Angeles rap scene.
Three weeks in a row at the top of the charts cemented the song’s position as the year’s most popular single in the United States, according to Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
Two Grammys were awarded for Gangsta’s Paradise: Record of the Year and Best Rap Solo Performance, the latter of which the rapper won.
His Popularity Grew Throughout the 90S
In 1994, Coolio signed with Tommy Boy Records and released his debut album, It Takes A Thief, which featured the hit single Fantastic Voyage.
For the Nickelodeon sitcom Kenan & Kel, he composed the theme song Aw, Here It Goes.
The single “C U When U Get There” from the rapper’s 1997 album My Soul reached the top 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. His final album with Tommy Boy.
Coolio.com was released in 2001, El Cool Magnifico in 2022, The Return of the Gangsta in 2006, Steal Hear in 2008, and From the Bottom 2, the Top in 2009 are just a few of the more studio albums he released in the following years.
After his success as a musician waned, Coolio turned to the small screen, with his 2009 participation in Celebrity Big Brother being one of his most memorable roles to date.
In 2012, he launched a cookbook titled Cookin’ With Coolio and finished in second place on the Food Network Series Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off.
Hip-Hop Artist Dies at Age of 59
His manager, Jarel Posey, confirmed the news of his death to Variety.
He expressed his sadness over the death of their client and close friend, Coolio, who had gone away earlier that day. With his talent, he had an impact on everyone.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us through the loss of Prince by listening to his music and sending condolences. Keep Coolio’s family in your prayers,” Jarel said.
Artist Leon Ivey Jr. known professionally as Coolio was an American rapper, record producer, and actor who had a net worth of $1.5 million at the time of his death. He was born in Campton, California. He became a superstar in 1994 when his debut single, “Fantastic Voyage,” was released. It became an instant hit, as did his 1995 single “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which reached #1 in 10 countries.
Coolio was married to Josefa Salinas from 1996 to 2000. He had six children with four different women. The news regarding his death was confirmed by his manager Jarel Posey to Variety saying that Coolio died around 5 p.m. PT on Wednesday afternoon.
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