Coolio Early Childhood
Artis Leon Ivey as he is known in real life, was born on August 1, 1963, to Artis Leon Ivey Sr., a carpenter, and Jackie Slater, a factory worker. As a child, Coolio was Intelligent, studious and well-informed. however he was an Asthmatic patient. he was born in Los Angeles County, California, but was raised mostly in Compton
He joined the Baby Crips street gang and brought weapons to school to make himself look wild and dangerous. After high school, he went to Compton Community College, where he continued to be interested in rap. He performed in contests as “Coolio Iglesias” and on KDAY, Los Angeles’s rap radio station.
Before he became a rapper, he did things like fight fires as a volunteer and work security at Los Angeles International Airport.
Coolio has given birth to ten children with different women. He hasn’t always been a good example for his kids. Some of his well know kids are; Artis Ivey III, Grtis Ivey, Kate Ivey, Shayne Ivey. In 2013, he was charged with assault because he hit his girlfriend. He got married to Josefa Salinas on May 18, 1996, but they split up in 2000.
The rapper recorded his first single in 1987, titled “Whatcha Gonna Do?”. Coolio got a record deal with Tommy Boy Records and put out his first solo album, It Takes a Thief, in 1994. “Fantastic Voyage,” the lead single, was played a lot on MTV and reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Fantastic Voyage” would be one of the year’s most popular rap singles. “County Line” and “I Remember” were also small hits from the album.
In 1995, Coolio released “Gangsta’s Paradise”, featuring R&B singer L.V., for the film Dangerous Minds which became one of the most successful rap songs of all time. It was the U.K.’s second best-selling single of 1995. The song won him a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 1996 Grammys.
Coolio was on the compilation CD America Is Dying Slowly by the Red Hot Organization, which came out in 1996. The CD was made to make African-American men more aware of the AIDS epidemic. The third solo album by Coolio came out in 1997. It was called “My Soul”. Even though “C U When U Get There” was a big hit and the album went platinum, it did not do as well as his first two albums. After that, he was kicked off of the Tommy Boy Records label.
Between 2001 and 2008, he put out four albums that didn’t do well on the charts. These were “Coolio.com,” “El Cool Magnifico,” “The Return of the Gangsta,” and “Steal Hear.”
In 2008, he was the host of an online cooking show called “Cookin’ with Coolio.” In January 2012, he came in second place on “Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off” on the Food Network.
He also works hard to teach students at historically black colleges about global warming. He also works for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America as a spokesperson.
Coolio Net worth
At the time of his death, the performer held an estimated net worth of $1.5 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The rapper is said to have amassed all of his wealth during the active years of his music career.
He was nominated for six Grammys, and his song “Gangsta’s Paradise” won the award for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1996. In the same year, he also won an American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist, and he was nominated for the same award again in 1997.
Coolio was also nominated for six MTV Video Music Awards, and he won three of them in 1996: Best Rap Video, Best Video from a Film, and Best Dance Video for “Gangsta’s Paradise.”
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