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The Impact Of Coolio’s “Gangsta Paradise” – Old School Saturday

#OldSchoolSaturday LEGENDS & ICONS OF HIP HOP - Post By Kevin Douglas

In the ’90s Coolio saw huge success as he helped escalate a movie that was fledgling in reviews to become one of the biggest movies of the year 1995.

Receiving criticism from early onlookers, “The test screenings of it were not going well,” he said of Dangerous Minds, the 1995 drama starring Michelle Pfeiffer, which featured Coolio’s soon-to-be-signature song, “Gangsta’s Paradise.” “They were afraid that the movie was going to flop; they were terrified.”

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“Gangsta’s Paradise” won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance (it lost out to Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose” for Record of the Year), and its video — directed by Antoine Fuqua, ended up become so popular that “Weird Al” Yankovic did a parody entitled “Amish Paradise.” The music video won MTV Video Music Awards for Best Rap Video and Best Video From a Film. The song also went on to sell over 3 million copies in the U.S. alone and earning triple-platinum status.

Coolio passed at the age of 59 earlier this week. In the video below, he performs the classic single on Conan O’ Brien talk show in 1995.

There has been rumors swirling behind his death due to recent interviews that may have upset a few industry people.