Birth name

Artis Leon Ivey, Jr.


1 August 1963 (age 53)
Compton, California, United States


Hip hop, gangsta rap, G-funk, West Coast hip hop


Rapper, actor, record producer, chef

Years active



Tommy Boy (1993-1997)
Victor (2001-2009)
ZYX Music (2002-2003)
Subside (2006)
Super Cool Entertainment (2008)

Associated acts

Ice-T, Low Profile, Ras Kass, Sir Jinx, WC and the Maad Circle

Artis Leon Ivey, Jr. (born 1 August 1963), better known by his stage name Coolio, is an American rapper, actor, record producer and chef. He began his career as a member of the group WC and the Maad Circle, before achieving mainstream success in the mid 1990s with his albums It Takes a Thief, Gangsta's Paradise and My Soul. He is best known for his Grammy Award-winning single "Gangsta's Paradise", which appeared on his album of the same name and the soundtrack of the movie Dangerous Minds. He is also known for the singles "Fantastic Voyage", "C U When U Get There" and "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)". 


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