'Gangsta's Paradise' Rapper Coolio Dead At 59
The Grammy-winning rapper, producer, and actor first appeared on the rap scene in the '80s and rose to prominence in the '90s.
His solo performance in the song "Gangsta's Paradise," which was featured in the soundtrack for the 1995 Michelle Pfeiffer film Dangerous Minds quickly became one of the most popular rap songs of all time. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and was dubbed the No. 1 single of that year in the U.S.
The following year, Coolio was nominated for record of the year and best rap solo performance at the Grammy awards, ultimately winning the latter.
After the success of "Gangsta's Paradise," Coolio continued to release music and would be nominated for five other Grammys throughout his career.
The rapper was also a talented actor, appearing in several films and TV shows including Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Nanny, and Charmed, and even lent his voice to such shows as Futurama and Gravity Falls.