Throwbacks

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.

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

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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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