23rd Anniversary of Coolio’s ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’

On this day in 1995, Coolio released ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’, featuring L.V, from the Dangerous Minds soundtrack.


The song samples Stevie Wonder’s ‘Pastime Paradise’. Coolio and L.V. performed ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ together with Stevie at the 1995 Billboard Awards.


It was a #1 hit in over 10 countries, and one of the best-selling singles of 1995 worldwide, behind ‘Macarena’ by Los del Río.

Coolio won a Grammy Award for ‘Best Rap Solo Performance’, and 2 MTV Video Music Awards for ‘Best Rap Video’ and ‘Best Video from a Film’.


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