Birth Name: Artis Leon Ivey, Jr.
Birth Place: Monessen, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years Active: 1990–present
Genres: West Coast Hip Hop, Gangsta Rap, G-funk
Artis Leon Ivey, Jr. (born August 1, 1963), better known by the stage name Coolio, is an American rapper, musician and actor. He was born in Monessen, Pennsylvania and later moved to Compton, California. He recorded two singles in the late 80s, titled "Watcha Gonna Do" and "You're Gonna Miss Me". Neither single was successful, but Coolio had made connections in the Los Angeles rap scene, and ended up joining the group WC and the Maad Circle in 1991. Three years later in 1994 Coolio signed to Tommy Boy Records and released his debut solo album, “It Takes a Thief.” The album contained the single "Fantastic Voyage" which became Coolio's breakout song. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot...
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