|Real Name||Artis Leon Ivey Jr.|
|Birthday||August 1, 1963|
|Profession||Rapper, record producer|
|Net Worth||$1.5 million|
|Died||September 28, 2022|
Coolio Early Life
Artis Leon Ivey Jr., better known as Coolio, entered the world on August 1, 1963, in Monessen, Pennsylvania. Jackie Ivey and Artis are his parents. Both his father and mother worked before they had him; she was a factory worker and he worked with his father as a carpenter. When Coolio was just two years old, his dad abandoned the family. At the age of eight, he moved to Compton, California with his mother.
In his early years, Collie had no aspirations of following in his older brother’s footsteps and becoming a rapper. As an alternative, he was keen on enrolling at Harvard. When Coolio was in primary school, he excelled academically. He was, in fact, among the top four brainiest students in his school. When he was moved up to seventh grade from fifth, everything changed for him. It used to be that the older students at school frequently picked on him.
During this time, his mother also ended her relationship with his stepfather. After being laid off, she began drinking. Then he joined the local gangs and became a free agent. At the time, he was arrested on charges of armed robbery and the theft of cash. Indeed, he was imprisoned for a whole ten months. He started abusing crack around 1985 and never stopped.
Early in his career, he released albums under the moniker NuSkool. He eventually became a member of the MAAD Circle, whose 1991 record was issued on the Priority label. About 150,000 copies of the album were sold. He first got in touch with Tommy Boy Records in 1993 when his manager taped four songs to demo quality. The record label first signed him to record a single. As soon as they heard him in the studio, they signed him up to record an entire album. Then, in 1994, he released the album It Takes a Thief. The album skyrocketed to success, earning platinum certification.
It wasn’t until 1995 that Coolio released a track named Gangsta’s Paradise. The song became a huge hit once it was featured in the film Dangerous Minds. It was the most popular song of 1995 in the United States, regardless of genre. An additional Grammy was bestowed upon him for this tune. The year 1997 saw the release of Coolio’s third solo album, My Soul. C U When U Get There was a smash hit from the album. Though certified platinum, the album was not as successful as his first two.
Aside from his musical career, he participated in the 2004 season of the German talent competition Comeback-Die Grobe Change. Additionally, in 2009, Coolio appeared on the reality show Celebrity Big Brother as a contestant. He made an appearance on the UK reality show Ultimate Big Brother the following year. His appearance on the Wife Swap episode aired on March 5, 2013. Yet, after the episode was recorded, he and his ex-girlfriend broke up.
Coolio Personal Life
The couple tied the knot in 1996, and Coolio now has a wife named Josefa Salinas. They have a total of six children as a couple. They were married for four years before divorcing in the year 2000. In 2013, Collio’s then-girlfriend accused him of striking her in the face after an argument. He was eventually arrested for domestic assault, a misdemeanor.
He was found lifeless on a bathroom floor at a friend’s residence on September 28, 2022. First responders pronounced him dead after some time. According to the preliminary report, his body shows no signs of foul play. As time went by, Coolio’s management speculated that the rapper may have had a heart attack.
Coolio Net Worth 2022
If Coolio passed away on September 28, 2022, he would have amassed a personal fortune of about $1.5 million. Six times throughout his musical career, he has been nominated for a Grammy. In 1996, Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio won a Grammy. Plus, for Gangsta’s Paradise, he has won three MTV Video Music Awards. You can visit TheActiveNews.Com for additional updates.