Throwbacks

26th 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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Coolio and L.V. performed the song together with Stevie Wonder at the 1995 Billboard Music Awards, as it sample’s Stevie’s 1976 track ‘Pastime Paradise’.

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‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ was a #1 hit in over fifteen countries, and one of 1995’s best-selling singles worldwide, behind Los del Río’s ‘Macarena’.

The song earned Coolio a Grammy Award for ‘Best Rap Solo Performance’, and two MTV Video Music Awards for ‘Best Rap Video’ and ‘Best Video from a Film’.

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Michelle Pfeiffer appears in the music video, reprising her role from the ‘Dangerous Minds’ film.

Watch the music video:

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