Coolio is celebrating his 57th birthday today. As a number of online tributes attest, he is one of the most acclaimed rappers of his generation.
Popular rapper-actor-musician-producer Coolio (Gangsta's Paradise, ...) has always liked to keep a bit of himself hidden from view. At 57th birthday, he remains a man of many facets.
Coolio, a cultural icon
Born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. in Compton on August 1, 1963, his career spans an arc over many different eras and tastes in American history. Coolio's not just a great rapper, he's an inspiration, an icon and a successful business man. At this point in his career, there seems to be little Coolio hasn't done.
And we've got a feeling the next 12 months are going to be even bigger and better for Coolio as he promises more to come. After all, he's only 57.
Happy Birthday, Coolio, you're the best!
Coolio career in pictures
- Gangsta's Paradise (1995)
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