COOLIO - IRISH EXCLUSIVE
Coolio began rapping from a young age and performed in many local Los Angeles rap contests as a youth. Coolio made connections in the Los Angeles rap scene and ended up joining the group WC and the Maad Circle in 1991. Their debut album was regionally successful but didn’t make much impact on a national scale.Three years later, Coolio signed to Tommy Boy Records and released his debut solo album, It Takes a Thief. This album contained the hit single Fantastic Voyage; Coolio’s breakout song. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it one of the biggest rap singles of the year.
In 1995, Gangsta’s Paradise became the official anthem for the blockbuster movie Dangerous Minds. It instantly hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was the #1 single of 1995 for all genres. It’s global reach swept the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, and New Zealand
The album Gangsta’s Paradise was released in 1995 and was certified 2X Platinum by the RIAA. Along with Gangsta’s Paradise, the album also contained the major hits in “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)” and “Too Hot”. Soon after, Coolio released My Soul containing the hit C U When U Get There.