Coolio’s Hit “Gangsta’s Paradise” Returns to Charts
Coolio's hit track "Gangsta's Paradise" (watch the video below) has returned to the charts in the aftermath of his death.
The 59-year-old rapper passed away recently after being found unresponsive at a friend's house in Los Angeles on September 28, and news of his loss sent shockwaves around the world, with many fans revisiting the classic single which made him a household name.
Interpolating Stevie Wonder's 1976 song "Pastime Paradise", and featuring American singer L.V., the single was released on August 1, 1995, and ten days later was heard in the film Dangerous Minds, starring Michelle Pfeiffer. Certified Platinum in October, the song was included on Coolio's second album Gangsta's Paradise in November 1995.
It's now been revealed Coolio's song has returned to the charts across the globe, with Billboard reporting streams of the track have surged by 264 per cent in the U.S. alone since his death.
"Gangsta's Paradise" entered the U.K. Singles chart at No. 55 while it re-entered America's Billboard Hot R B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and Hot Rap Songs chart at No's 16 and 11 respectively. It also charted in several countries, including Greece, Belgium, Lithuania and Poland.
Coolio's song previously re-entered the U.K. chart back in 2009 after he made an appearance on the reality TV show 'Celebrity Big Brother'.
The news comes after it was revealed the star has been cremated and his ashes will reportedly be encased in jewellery for his family. A death certificate obtained by TMZ states a farewell cremation ceremony for the late rapper, born Artis Leon Ivey Jr, has already been held. A representative for the rapper told the outlet the star's loved ones - including his 10 children - will receive a pendant holding the star's ashes, adding “the rest of Coolio's ashes will go into an urn once all the necklaces are distributed”.
Coolio shared four of his children, Artisha, Brandi, Jackie, and Artis, with ex-wife Josefa Salinas whom he divorced in 2000. He had a further six children named Grtis, Milan, Darius, Zhaneand and twins Kate and Shayne from different relationships.
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