Coolio took over the world rap scene in the 90's through the immense success of “Gangsta’s Paradise”, which won a Grammy in 1996 for Best Rap Performance. It sold over six million copies and was Billboard Magazine's no.1 single of 1995.
"Gangsta’s Paradise” would also be featured on the “Dangerous Minds” soundtrack and movie. The single reached number one in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, The United Kingdom and The United States making it one of the best-received HipHop singles of all time.
In Australia, the song stayed at No. 1 for 14 weeks, a record that would be broken 22 years later by Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You". Following Coolio's appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, it re-entered the UK singles chart peaking at No. 31.
In the United Kingdom, "Gangsta's Paradise" is the first rap single to sell over a million copies.
Coolio's music has been featured in several major motion pictures including: “Space Jam,” “Clueless,” “The Big Payback,” “Panther,” “New Jersey Drive,” “The Jerk Boys,” “Eddie,” “Half Baked” and many more. He also composed the theme song for the popular TV series “Kenan and Kel” on Nickelodeon.
Coolio has won an American Music Award, three MTV awards, two Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and a World Music Award. He has received six Grammy nominations (1994, 1995 and 1996), two Billboard Music Awards (1994 and 1996), two ASCAP awards (1996, 1997), four American Online awards (1996) and was the Playboy Music Poll winner in 1997. In 2016, Coolio won a Vintage Soundtrack Song of 1995 award for “Gangsta’s Paradise” from “Dangerous Minds” via the Vintage Film Awards.
Coolio is now touring the world with a full band featuring some of the most talented musicians in the HipHop world including world renowned Modern Jazz Saxophonist and vocalist Jarel Posey AKA Jarez.