(Artis Leon Ivey Jr.)

  • Born: August 1, 1963
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Rapper, Actor, Record Producer, Chef









Artis Leon Ivey Jr., known professionally as Coolio, is an American rapper, actor, chef, and record producer. Coolio achieved mainstream success in the mid-to-late 1990s with his albums It Takes a Thief (1994), Gangsta's Paradise (1995), and My Soul (1997). He is best known for his 1995 Grammy Award-winning hit single "Gangsta's Paradise", as well as other singles "Fantastic Voyage" (1994), "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" (1996) and "C U When U Get There" (1997). He was also known for rapping the theme song for the mid-to-late 1990s Nickelodeon series Kenan & Kel. Coolio has since gone on to release albums independently and has also become a chef, creating a web series titled Cookin' with Coolio and releasing a cookbook. Ivey originally rose to fame as a member of the Gangsta rap group WC and the Maad Circle alongside WC and his brother, the late Crazy Toones.

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Acting is all about timing. I mean, who has better timing than the MCs?
As much as I would like to be the one who saved hip-hop culture, it's pretty much nigh-on impossible.
Because I'm a young black man driving a really nice, expensive car, I sometimes get harassed when I'm rolling through a ghetto neighbourhood.
But when I really look back on my life, being really honest about it and now that I've got the chance to travel the world, seeing how a lot of little kids grow up - my life wasn't so bad. Life ;Travel
'Gangsta rap' is a derogatory label.
I came to Baku the same way I would go to Texas - because they asked me to come and play hip hop.
I come from the golden age of hip hop when all the greats came on the scene.
I don't consider myself a gangsta rapper. But I'm probably more qualified to be a gangsta rapper than people who call themselves that. I've been through that life. Life
I don't do concept records anymore - I just prefer doing good songs.
I finished the movie a month ago in downtown Los Angeles. I had a lot of fun doing it.
I have seven children. Even if you got a lot of money, feeding 5, 6, 7, 8 mouths, it will do some damage to your pocket. Money, Coins & Minting
I just think it's my responsibility as a human being and an entertainer to see the soldiers.
I know I'm just one man trying to do one thing, and the next day is not promised to any man. I'm very humble.
I love cartoons. I'm just a big kid. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I never let any of my sons beat me at videogames.
I perform for soldiers because they are important.
I started cooking from watching my mom. My mother was a really, really great cook.
I think anybody can cook if they take the time. Time
I want to provide a well-rounded perspective of life. Life
I was hungry a coupla' times but for the most part I ate every day... I got to go to school for free.
I wasn't driving down the wrong side of the street, smoking marijuana, waving my gun out the window.
I'd only do Big Brother again if you paid me three times as much money. Money, Coins & Minting
If it wasn't for the military I probably would not have ever come to Bosnia for vacation.
I'm a winner; I win most of the time. But in order to be a winner, you have to lose some of the time. I'm a terrible loser. Time
I'm actually a little bit more tolerant than I thought I was. I've got kids, so I do have a lot of faces.
I'm innocent. I've done nothing. I'm a nice guy.
I'm never doing a new album. I'll probably do nothing but singles. I'm as good as anybody out there lyrically and conceptually and can go toe to toe with the best of them throughout history. But I don't know how much longer I'll be doing it. It's not really fun anymore. History
I'm still waiting for someone to call me to cater their wedding. But that's gonna cost you. If you want my cousin Jerez to play the sax, that's going to cost you a little more. The sky's the limit after that. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I've basically got an album full of singles.
I've been rapping since 1979.
Let me tell you the truth: I'm 45 years old. I never thought that I would live to see a black president. Truth
Life is too short to not have fun; we are only here for a short time compared to the sun and the moon and all that. Life ;Time
People treat me nice 'cos I treat them nice.
'Shaka' is my catchphrase. Emeril got 'bam,' I got 'Shaka.'
Throughout my rapping career, I always cooked for myself and anyone I worked with. It's what actually kept me grounded through those crazy years.
We take pride in what we do.
When my mother first passed away some time ago, I didn't enjoy food anymore. I just ate to live. My mother had always cooked so well that I didn't think I could follow her. Time ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture

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