The CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as "a masterpiece" by The Source magazine.That same year, he recorded the theme song and appeared in the opening sequence of the Nickelodeon TV series Kenan & Kel which ran for four seasons.(You Tube)There were plenty of celebs posting old school mom snaps on Mother's Day, but the sweetest tribute of the weekend came, shockingly, from rapper Eminem.The controversial performer dropped the music video for "Headlights" just in time for the holiday, drawing a decades-long rift to a bittersweet end with the help of director Spike Lee.At the 1996 Grammy Awards, the song won Coolio a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance.Originally "Gangsta's Paradise" was not meant to be included on one of Coolio's studio albums, but its success led to Coolio not only putting it on his next album but also making it the title track.
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In 1995, Coolio made a song featuring R&B singer LV for the movie Dangerous Minds, titled "Gangsta's Paradise".
It would become one of the most successful rap songs of all time, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks.
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).It was the #1 single of 1995 for all genres, and was a global hit, as it reached #1 in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, and New Zealand.