Rapper Coolio’s estate plans to release a studio album later this year that the Grammy-winning hitmaker had been working on in the days before his death.
“Long Live Coolio” will be the “Gangsta’s Paradise” star’s first posthumous album and lead single, «LABEL ‘You That'» released Friday with Too $hort and DJ Wino.
The bawdy video for the single, which opens with Coolio and Too $hort in a boxing ring as several women twirl, marks the last piece of visual content Coolio appeared in before his death from cardiac arrest on September 28, 2022. , at 59 years old.
Coolio won a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance for «Gangster’s Paradise,» the 1995 hit from the soundtrack to the Michelle Pfeiffer film «Dangerous Minds» which samples Stevie Wonder’s 1976 song «Pastime Paradise» and played constantly on MTV.
The rapper would never have a song as big as «Gangsta’s Paradise» again, but he had subsequent hits with «Fantastic Voyage» in 1994, «1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)» in 1996 and «CU When» by 1997. U get there.
His career album sales totaled 4.8 million, with 978 million on-demand streams of his songs, according to Luminate. He would be nominated for six Grammy Awards in total.
She starred in a parenting reality show called «Coolio’s Rules,» provided the voice for an episode of the animated show «Gravity Falls,» and did the theme song for the Nickelodeon sitcom «Kenan & Kel.»