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Posthumous album set by ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ rapper Coolio


NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Coolio’s estate plans to release a studio album later this year that the Grammy-winning hitmaker had been working on in the days before he passed away.

“Long Live Coolio” will be the first posthumous album release from the “Gangsta’s Paradise” star and lead single, “TAG ‘You It,'” dropped Friday with Too $hort and DJ Wino.

The raunchy single’s video — which begins with Coolio and Too $hort in a boxing ring as several women spin — marks the last piece of visual content Coolio appeared in before he died of cardiac arrest on September 28, 2022, at age 59.

Coolio won a Grammy for Best Solo Rap Performance for “Gangsta’s Paradise.” the 1995 hit from the soundtrack of Michelle Pfeiffer’s movie “Dangerous Minds,” which sampled Stevie Wonder’s 1976 song “Pastime Paradise” and played it constantly on MTV.

The rapper would never again have a song nearly as big as “Gangsta’s Paradise,” but had subsequent hits with “Fantastic Voyage” in 1994, “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)” in 1996, and “CU When You Get There.”

According to Luminate, his career album sold a total of 4.8 million, with 978 million on-demand streams of his songs. He would go on to be nominated for a total of six Grammys.

He starred in a parenting reality show called ‘Coolio’s Rules’, provided a voice for an episode of the animated show ‘Gravity Falls’ and sang the theme music for the Nickelodeon sitcom ‘Kenan & Kel’.


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Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.