Coolio early life, relationships, net worth, and more

Who is Coolio?

We like to talk about people who inspire us now and then, but primarily people that may motivate you to be the best version of yourself. There are people worldwide that raise our expectations and demonstrate that everything is possible if we work hard. Artis Leon Ivey Junior, popularly known as Coolio, is a well-known and well-liked rapper and record producer. In the late 1990s, he rose to fame and popularity. It takes a Thief (1994) and My Soul (1995) are two of his major works from the 1990s (1997).

Quick facts

Full nameArtis Leon Ivey Jr.
Known asCoolio
BirthdayAugust 1, 1963
Age60 years old
Sun signLeo
Place of birthCompton, California, United States
EducationCompton Community College

early life and childhood

Artis Leon Ivey was born to carpenter Artis Leon Ivey Sr. and factory worker Jackie Slater on August 1, 1963. Similarly, Coolio is his screen identity and nickname.

Coolio was born in the city of Compton, California, and he is a devout Christian. 


Additionally, Coolio struggled to adjust to life outside of his house, despite being intelligent, intellectual, and well-informed. He didn’t come from a wealthy household, so he tried his hand at odd occupations like a firefighter volunteer and security guard before deciding to try his hand at rapping.

Initially, Coolio joined the Baby Crips street gang and tried to project a wild and aggressive image by bringing weapons to school. Moreover, his studies worsened after being imprisoned for six months for robbery.

After high school, he attended Compton Community College, where he revived his passion for rap and competed in contests under the moniker “Coolio Iglesias.” He also performed on KDA, L.A.’s rap radio station.

Furthermore, he went to rehab to get help for his cocaine addiction, which hampered his growing rapper career. He took various jobs after coming out but was desperate to resurrect his rap career.

Relationships and dating history

Coolie married Josefa Salinas in 1996 and was with her for four years. However, things soon deteriorated, resulting in divisions, and in the year 2000, the couple split up.

Coolio is the father of ten children from four different relationships and hasn’t always been an excellent role model for his kids. In 2013, he was charged with violence after allegedly hitting his girlfriend.

He is the father of a pair of identical twin daughters. Shayne Ivey and Kate Ivey are the names of their twin daughters. Similarly, they have eight half-sisters and brothers named Artisha, Zhanesand, Darius, Artis, Milan, Brandi, Grtis, and Jackie.

However, by 2021, the majority of the children will be grown up and live independently after completing their schooling.

Coolio career

He began recording his debut song in 1987, which was named “Whatcha going to do?” Similarly, he recorded “Force Groove” a year later.

In 1991, he joined W.C. and the Maad circle and started his career as a rapper. With this group, he gained the taste of popularity when he performed the solo “Dress Code.” The significant works of Coolio are mentioned on the same page down below.

Moreover, in 1996, he received American music awards. In the same year, for “Gangsta Paradise,” he won his first and only Grammy award for best rap solo performance.

net worth

Grammy-winning American rapper and actor Coolio has a net worth of USD 500,000.


In 1998, Coolio went to prison for the first time for robbery. Similarly, he was charged for having a loaded handgun once more in 2016.

Social media presence

Coolio Instagram: He has 96.1 thousand followers on Instagram. 

Coolio Twitter: he has 173.3 thousand followers on Twitter. 

Facebook: 398,216 people follow him on Facebook

Coolio’s albums:

Album name (released year)Songs list
It Takes a Thief (1994)Fantastic Voyage (Timber mix)
County Line
Mama, I’m in Love with a Gangsta (featuring LeShaun)
Hand on My Nutsac
Smokin’ Stix
U Know Hoo! (featuring WC)
It Takes a Thief
Bring Back Somethin’ fo da Hood
N da Closet
On My Way to Harlem
Sticky Fingers
Thought You Knew
Ugly Bitches
I Remember (featuring J-Ro and Billy Boy)
Gangsta’s Paradise (1995)That’s How It Is
Geto Highlites
Gangsta’s Paradise
Too Hot
Exercise Yo Game
1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)
Fucc Coolio
Kinda High Kinda Drunk
For My Sistas
Is This Me?
A Thing Goin’ On
Bright As the Sun
Recoup This
The Revolution
Get Up, Get Down
My Soul (1997)Intro
2 Minutes & 21 Seconds of Funk
One Mo (featuring 40 Thevz)
The Devil is Dope
Hit ‘Em (featuring Ras Kass)
Knight Fall
Ooh La La
Can U Dig It
Nature of the Business (featuring Al Wilson)
Homeboy (featuring Montell Jordan)
Throwdown 2000 (featuring 40 Thevz)
Can I Get Down One Time (featuring Malika)
My Soul
Let’s Do It
C U When U Get There (featuring 40 Thevz) (2001)I Like Girls
Gangbangers (featuring Daz Dillinger & Spade)
Show Me Love
The Hustler (featuring Kenny Rogers)
Right Now
The Partay
Dead Man Walking
Would You Still Be Mine
Skirrrrrrrt (featuring B-Real)
Ghetto Square Dance
These are the Days
Somebody’s Gotta Die (featuring Krayzie Bone) (bonus track)
El Cool Magnifico (2002)What is an MC
Shake It Up
Cadillac Vogues
Show Me Love
I Like Girls
Ghetto Square Dance
Would You Still Be Mine
Hear Me Now
Island Hop
Like This” (feat. Ms. Toi)
Skirrrt (feat. B-Real)
Knockout Kings Produced By Crimelab Production
Gangbangers (feat. Daz Dillinger & Spade)
Pop Yo Collar
The Return of the Gangsta (2006)Intro
Let It Go
Gangsta Walk (featuring Snoop Dogg and Gangsta Lu)
Do It (featuring Goast)
Drop Something (featuring Braza)
Make Money (featuring Gangsta Lu)
Lady & Gangsta (featuring K-La)
Daddy’s Song (featuring Artisha)
One More Night (featuring LV)
Dip It (featuring Gangsta Lu)
Keep on Dancing
187% WRPM
Keep It Gangsta
They Don’t Know (featuring Black Orchid)
West Coast Anthem
Gangsta Walk (Video)
Hear Me Now (Japanese exclusive bonus track)
Steal Hear (2008)
Gangsta Walk (featuring Snoop Dogg and Gangsta Lu)
Cruise Off
They Don’t Know (featuring Black Orchid)
It’s On
Boyfriend (featuring A.I.)
Do It (featuring Goast)
Lady and a Gangsta (featuring K-La)
Make Money (featuring Gangsta Lu)
Back It Up Now (featuring Vizhun, Goast and Emo)
Keep on Dancing
Dip It (featuring Gangsta Lu)
Motivation (featuring A.I.)
One More Night (featuring L.V.)
Here We Come
Keep It Gangsta
From the Bottom 2 the Top (2009)
Change Vs Ennio Morricone
I Will (feat. 6’9 & Headliner)
From the Bottom 2 the Top” (feat. Goast & A.I.)
Hotel C.
Lady Vs Beat Nouveau (feat. Storm Lee)
Boyfriend (feat. A.I.)
Destinesya Vs Yves Larock (feat. Sam Obernik)
Cruise Off
Motivation (feat. A.I.)
Stimulate (feat. Miss Cash)
She Loves Me
Hotel C. (2015)

Cruise Off
She Loves Me
I Will
From The Bottom 2 The Top
Hotel C.
Ghetto Square Dance
Nobody’s Foolio (2019)She Loves Me
I Will
From The Bottom 2 The Top
Hotel C.
Cruise Off
Ain’t a Damn Thang Changed- a collaboration album with WC and the Maad Circle (1991)
Ain’t A Damn Thang Changed
The Break Up (Skit) (featuring Cassanova Jeff)
Behind Closed Doors (featuring Dawn Silva, Jackie Simley & M.L. Davis)
Out On A Furlough (featuring Cassanova Jeff, Jazzy D & Mike)
A Crazy Break (featuring J-Dee)
Caught N A Fad
Fuck My Daddy (featuring Foe Doe Taylor & Lil’ Dee)
Back On The Scene
Get Up On That Funk (featuring Jazzy D)
Gettin’ Looped / Dress Code
Smokers La La Bye (featuring Kaeco)
You Don’t Work, U Don’t Eat (featuring J-Dee, MC Eiht & Ice Cube)
Grandma Locked Out (Skit)
Ghetto Serenade
Back To The Underground
A Soldiers Story (featuring Dawn Silva, Jackie Simley & M.L. Davis)

Movies and TV shows that Coolio appeared on:

Title (Year)StarsCreator/ Directors
The Parent ‘Hood (1995-1999)
Robert Townsend, Suzzanne DouglasAndrew Nicholls, Robert Townsend, Darrell Vickers
Space: Above and Beyond (1996)
Kristen Cloke, Morgan Weisser, Rodney Rowland, Joel de la FuenteGlen Morgan, James Wong
Sabrina The Teenage Witch (1996)
Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick, Nate RichertNell Scovell
Kenan and Kel (1996–2000)
Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Ken Foree, Teal Marchande, Vanessa Baden, Dan FrischmanKim Bass
Batman & Robin (1997)
Arnold Schwarzenegger
George Clooney
Chris O’Donnell
Uma Thurman
Alicia Silverstone
Michael Gough
Pat Hingle
Elle Macpherson
 Joel Schumacher 
Duckman (1997)
Jason Alexander
Gregg Berger
Nancy Travis
Dana Hill
Pat Musick
E. G. Daily
Dweezil Zappa
 Everett Peck
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997)
Ryan O’Neal
Chuck D
Eric Idle
Sylvester Stallone
Whoopi Goldberg
Jackie Chan
 Arthur Hiller
Muppets Tonight (1997)
Dave Goelz
Brian Henson
Jerry Nelson
Steve Whitmire
Kevin Clash
Bill Barretta
Frank Oz
Leslie Carrara-Rudolph
Greg V. Fera
Brian Henson
Tom Trbovich
Gary Halvorson
The Nanny (1998)
Fran Drescher
Charles Shaughnessy
Daniel Davis
Lauren Lane
Nicholle Tom
Benjamin Salisbury
Madeline Zima
Renée Taylor
Rachel Chagall
Ann Morgan Guilbert
Peter Marc Jacobson
Fran Drescher
On the Line (1998)
Linda Hamilton
Jeff Fahey
Jay Acovone
Paul Herman
Dean Norris
Elodie Keene
Belly (1998)
Taral Hicks
Method Man
Hype Williams
Malcolm & Eddie (1996-2000)
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Eddie Griffin
Karen Malina White
Joel Madison

Judgment Day (1999)
Suzy Amis
Mario Van Peebles
Tommy “Tiny” Lister
John Terlesky
Early Edition (1999)
Kyle Chandler
Shanésia Davis-Williams
Fisher Stevens
Kristy Swanson
Billie Worley
Ian Abrams
Patrick Q. Page
Vik Rubenfeld
Bad Trip (1999)Ethan Suplee
Kevin Connolly
Kristin Minter
 Erik Fleming, Chris Palzis
Leprechaun in the Hood (2000)
Warwick Davis
Rob Spera
Submerged (2000)
Nicole Eggert
Fred Olen Ray
Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth (2000)
Tiffani-Amber Thiessen
Tom Arnold
Shirley Jones
John Blanchard
The Convent (2000)
Joanna Canton
Adrienne Barbeau
Richard Trapp
Dax Miller
Mike Mendez

China Strike Force (2000)
Aaron Kwok
Norika Fujiwara
Leehom Wang
Ruby Lin
Mark Dacascos
Paul Chun

Stanley Tong
Dope Case Pending (2000)
Tony Dorian
Eli James
Sean Levert
Kid Frost
Jeff Williams, Patrick McKnight
Get Over It (2001)
Kirsten Dunst
Ben Foster
Melissa Sagemiller
Shane West
Colin Hanks
Martin Short
Tommy O’Haver
In Pursuit (2001)
Daniel Baldwin
Claudia Schiffer
Dean Stockwell

Peter Pistor
Fear Factor (2001-2006) -Game Show
Static Shock (2002)

Phil LaMarr
Jason Marsden
Kevin Michael Richardson
Michele Morgan
Denys Cowan
Joe Sichta
Dave Chlystek
Stealing Candy (2003)
Daniel Baldwin
Alex McArthur
Jenya Lano
Mark L. Lester
Charmed Season 4 ‘Lazarus Demon (2002)
Alyssa Milano
Rose McGowan
Holly Marie Combs
Chris Long
Move (2002)Cris Bruce
Lileé Anderson
Larry Bagby

Antonia March, Jacqueline McKinley
Daredevil (2003) (deleted scenes restored in 2004 director’s cut)
Ben Affleck
Jennifer Garner
Michael Clarke Duncan
Colin Farrell
Joe Pantoliano
Jon Favreau
David Keith
Mark Steven Johnson
Tapped Out (2003)
Alex Avant
Jimmy Bridges
Kasan Butcher
Alleta Darby Michelle
Charmed (2002)
Shannen Doherty
Holly Marie Combs
Alyssa Milano
T.W. King
Dorian Gregory
Greg Vaughan
Karis Paige Bryant
Constance M. Burge
Pterodactyl (2003)
Cameron Daddo
Amy Sloan
George Calil
Mircea Monroe
Steve Braun
Mark L. Lester
Red Water (2003)
Lou Diamond Phillips
Kristy Swanson
Jaimz Woolvett
Rob Boltin
Langley Kirkwood
Gideon Emery
Charles Dumas
Charles Robert Carner
A Wonderful Night in Split (2004)
Dino Dvornik
Marija Škaričić
Mladen Vulić

Arsen Anton Ostojić
Dracula 3000 (2004)
Casper Van Dien
Erika Eleniak
Tom “Tiny” Lister
Udo Kier
Alexandra Kamp
Grant Swanby
Langley Kirkwood

Darrell Roodt
Ravedactyl: Project Evolution (2005); short film
Donald Faison
Edna Harris
David Prowse
Graig F. Weich
Gang Warz (2006)
Robert Vaughn
Chris McIntyre
Grad Night (2006)
Aloma Wright
Sam Sarpong
Howard Mungo
Michael T. Fitzgerald Jr.
Three Days to Vegas (2007)
Peter Falk
Rip Torn
George Segal
Bill Cobbs
Charlie Picerni

Futurama: Bender’s Big Score, as Kwanzaa-bot
Billy West
Katey Sagal
John DiMaggio
Phil LaMarr
Lauren Tom
Dwayne Carey-Hill
I Am Somebody: No Chance in Hell (2008) (original title: Chinaman’s Chance)
Reggie Lee
Timothy Bottoms
Jason Connery
Aki Aleong
Coolio’s Rules (2008)
Coolio and his family
Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off (2012)Rachael Ray
Guy Fieri
Two Hundred Thousand Dirty (2012)
Rocío Verdejo
Alejandro Lozano
Kenneth McGregor
Timothy L. Anderson
Gravity Falls (2012-2016)
Jason Ritter
Kristen Schaal
Alex Hirsch
Linda Cardellini

Alex Hirsch
Wife Swap (2004-2013)
Hosted by : John Schwab and Brian Lee
ICP Theater (2013)
Michelle Rapp
Shaggy 2 Dope
Greg Valentine
American Hustle Life (2014)
Tony D Jones
Jamal Quezaire
BTS (RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, Jungkook)
Black Jesus (2014)
Gerald “Slink” Johnson
Charlie Murphy
John Witherspoon
Kali Hawk
Corey Holcomb

Aaron McGruder
Mike Clattenburg
Squidbillies (2017)
Voice actors: Unknown Hinson, Daniel McDevitt, Dana Snyder, Patricia French, Bobby Ellerbee
Jim Fortier
Dave Willis

Coolio awards and nominations:

American Music Awards
Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist for “Coolio” (1996)
American Music AwardsFavorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist for “Coolio” (1996)
Grammy Awards
Best Rap Solo Performance for “Fantastic Voyage” (1995)
Grammy Awards
Record of the Year for “Gangsta’s Paradise” (1996)
Grammy Awards
Best Rap Solo Performance for “Gangsta’s Paradise” (1996)
Grammy Awards
Best Rap Album for “Gangsta’s Paradise” (1997)
Grammy Awards
Best Rap Solo Performance for “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)” (1997)
Grammy Awards
Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for “Stomp” (1997)Nominated
MTV Video Music AwardsBest Rap Video for “Fantastic Voyage” (1994)
MTV Video Music AwardsBest Rap Video for “Gangsta’s Paradise” (1996)
MTV Video Music AwardsBest Video from a Film for “Gangsta’s Paradise” (1996)
MTV Video Music AwardsViewer’s Choice for “Gangsta’s Paradise” (1996)
MTV Video Music AwardsBest Dance Video for “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)” (1996)
MTV Video Music AwardsBest Male Video for “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)” (1996)

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