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Posthumous Coolio Album Coming Soon

Following the September 2022 passing of the rap icon, the ‘Long Live Coolio’ album is set to be released later this year.

Preempting the forthcoming posthumous full length is the current lead single ‘TAG ‘You It’’, featuring Too $hort and DJ Wino, the music video for which includes Coolio (born Artis Leon Ivey Jr) and Too $hort (born Todd Anthony Shaw) in a boxing ring with twerking female boxers.

The upcoming LP includes songs that the late rapper was working on prior to his death after suffering a cardiac arrest.

The hip-hop legend released his debut single ‘Whatcha Gonna Do?’ in 1987, and got his first break in the rap group WC and the Maad Circle alongside WC and his brother, Crazy Toones, the latter of whom died of a heart attack in 2017 aged 45.

Collio’s global breakthrough came in the mid-90s when the star won the 1995 Grammy for Best Solo Rap Performance for ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ which samples Stevie Wonder’s 1976 song ‘Pastime Paradise’. He also had a top five hit with ‘Fantastic Voyage’.

Throughout his professional life, the musician released eight solo albums, his final being 2009’s ‘From the Bottom 2 the Top,’ and also wrote the intro to Nickelodeon’s iconic TV show ‘Kenan and Kel’, ‘Aw, Here It Goes!’, in the 90s.

Coolio became a chef, with his own web series ‘Cookin’ with Coolio,’ he starred in a number of films and television shows, and he came third in the sixth series of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ in 2009.

Following his death Coolio was cremated and his ashes were reportedly placed into pendants which were then given to his children. The rapper fathered four children with his ex-wife Josefa Salinas, whom he divorced in 2000 and had another six children from different relationships.

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Author: Al Denté

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