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Coolio in 1995. PAUL BERGEN/REDFERNS/GETTY IMAGES

Rapper Coolio Tragically Passes Away At Age 59

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Coolio in 1995. PAUL BERGEN/REDFERNS/GETTY IMAGES

Rapper Coolio Tragically Passes Away At Age 59

The Hip-Hop world has learned of a tragic passing, as rapper Coolio has passed away at the age of 59.

Coolio’s manager Jarez Posey confirmed the news. The cause of death has not been released at this time.

Born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. in Monessan, Pennsylvania in 1963, the artist would eventually move to Compton, California where he would release his first single in the late 1980s. After getting into the music scene, he would join WC and the Maad Circle, contributing to their debut album “Ain’t a Damn Thang Changed” After going solo, Coolio’s music could be heard all throughout the ’90s, with his song “Gangsta’s Paradise” becoming a sensation.

By 1994, he had established himself in the Los Angeles rap scene, eventually signing to Tommy Boy Records. His first studio album was entitled “It Takes a Thief”. A year later, “Gangsta’s Paradise” was released, featuring in the movie Dangerous Minds.

Check back to this article for further details as they become available.

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