Coolio’s estate plans to release a studio album this year. It is the same album that Coolio, the Grammy-winning rapper, had been working on before his death.
“Long Live Coolio”, the posthumous album of “Gangsta’s Paradise’s” star, will be released on Friday. It also features the first single “TAG “You It,” featuring Too $hort, and DJ Wino.
Coolio died from cardiac arrest at the age of 59 on September 28, 2022. The video featuring Too $hort and Coolio in a boxing match as several women gyrate marks the final piece Coolio’s visual content.
Coolio was awarded a Grammy for best solo performance in rap for “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which was the 1995 hit from the soundtrack to Michelle Pfeiffer’s film “Dangerous Minds”. It sampled Stevie Wonder’s 1976 track “Pastime Paradise” for MTV.
Although he would not have another song as popular as “Gangsta’s Paradise,” he did have hits with “Fantastic Voyage”, 1994, and “1, 2, 3, 4, (Sumpin’) New” in 1996. “C U When U Go There” was released in 1997.
He sold 4.8 million albums and had 978 million streams on-demand of his songs according to Luminate. He was nominated for six Grammys in total.
He starred on a reality TV show about parenting, “Coolio’s Rules”, and he also voiced an episode of animated series “Gravity Falls.” He also performed the theme music to Nickelodeon’s Nickelodeon sitcom, “Kenan & Kel.”