Rapper Coolio passed away at the age of 59 in Los Angeles.
Longtime manager Jarez Posey told the Associated Press, TMZ, Rolling Stone, and Variety that the musician, whose true name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., had died at a friend's residence.
The Guardian's request for feedback from his management went unanswered. It remains unclear what caused his death.
For his solo rap performance on the 1995 track Gangsta's Paradise, Coolio received a Grammy. The song, which sampled Stevie Wonder's Pastime Paradise from 1976, became an instant smash after appearing on the soundtrack for the Michelle Pfeiffer film Dangerous Minds.
Throughout his career, which began in the late 1980s, he received five further Grammy nominations.
After Tommy Boy Records released his first album, It Takes a Thief, in 1994, he quickly rose to fame. Its first single, “Fantastic Voyage,” peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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Artis Leon Ivey Jr. better known as Coolia is a popular American rapper who rose to fame in the 1990s with songs including “Fantastic Voyage” and “Gangsta's Paradise,” the latter of which won a Grammy (via UPI). During the height of his career, he produced eight albums that would go on to be critically acclaimed; they include “It Takes a Thief,” “My Soul,” and “El Cool Magnifico,” from which many songs achieved mainstream success.
His music captures a unique moment in music history and is as enjoyable to listen to as it is engrossing because of his vivid wordplay, interesting narrative choices, and insightful comments on urban life. To put it simply, a significant piece of hip-hop history was lost with the artist's death on September 28, 2022 (as reported by NBC News).
Coolio's talents to the entertainment world extend far beyond his musical output. Coolio has been in various films and television series as a lead character and has also contributed musically to shows like “Kenan & Kel” on Nickelodeon.
Among these are appearances in “Batman & Robin,” “Daredevil,” and “Leprechaun in the Hood” (all from 2003), as well as guest starring roles in “Dangerous Minds,” “Martin,” “Static Shock,” and “Gravity Falls” (all from 2010). In a similarly iconic TV series, Coolio would have a more prominent part. His appearance as Bender on the adult animated science fiction series “Futurama,” created by Matt Groening, will go down in history as one of his most famous acting performances.
The character Kwanzaabot was voiced by Coolio several times on “Futurama.” Kwanzaabot first made an appearance in Season 4, Episode 2, “A Tale of Two Santas,” and serves as a counterpoint to other 31st-century holiday icons such as Robot Santa Claus (voiced by John DiMaggio) and the Chanukah Zombie (Mark Hamill).
It's not yet known if Kwanzaabot will make a comeback in the next “Futurama” revival, but if he does, it'll be difficult to match the dark magic that Coolio was able to convey.
Kwanzaabot has to spend this time educating others about what Kwanzaa actually is, rather than getting to enjoy his holiday. The “What the Hell is Kwanzaa?” books have really been available from Kwanzaabot's for the last 647 years. Additionally, he makes an appearance in the first “Futurama” film, “Bender's Big Score,” when Robot Santa Claus enlists the aid of the Chanukah Zombie and him to take over the planet. Season 7, Episode 13, “The Futurama Holiday Spectacular,” where Kwanzaabot instructs the gang on holiday customs, would be his final appearance.
In each of these latter appearances, Coolio gets a chance to show off his musical prowess, singing “This Trinity is Going to War” in “Big Score” and “Kwanzaa Song” in “Festive Spectacular” alongside his fellow holiday villains. With his customary charm and vigor, Coolio's sections in both songs sound just like his vintage raps from the past.