Coolio, the multi-talented Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum selling artist, composer and actor, is one of the most popular and successful rappers worldwide. Coolio’s new, exciting album, EL COOL MAGNIFICO, has just been released. He recently participated in a TV special, costars in two feature films and will entertain the troops abroad during the upcoming holidays. To date, Coolio has sold over 18 million records globally and has performed in concerts to adoring fans in Africa, Israel, Russia, Brazil, Australia, Turkey and throughout Europe. In the diversified hip hop industry, Coolio is one of the few rap artists who has been able to garner mainstream success and critical acclaim.
Coolio won a Grammy Award in 1996 for Best Rap Performance, Solo, for his international hit single, GANGSTA'S PARADISE, which was also featured on the DANGEROUS MINDS soundtrack. That song, also nominated for a Grammy for Best Song of the Year, has sold over 4 million copies and was Billboard Magazine's number #1 single of 1995. Coolio has also won an American Music Award, 3 MTV Awards, 2 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and a World Music Award. He has received 6 Grammy Award nominations (1994, 1995, 1996), 2 Billboard Music Awards (1994, 1996), 2 ASCAP Awards (1996, 1997), 3 MTV Video Awards (1996, 1997), 4 American Online Awards (1996) and was the Playboy Music Poll Winner in 1997.
Coolio's latest album, “EL COOL MAGNIFICO” was released in Europe on Jan 15 2003. Coolio has recorded songs featuring hip-hop performer Miss Toi, country legend Kenny Rogers, Crazy Bone (Bone Thug), B- Real (Cypress Hill) and Daz (Dogg Pound). The music video, THE HUSTLER, is an updated rap version of THE GAMBLER and stars Coolio in prosthetics playing an old cowboy, and himself, and features country legend Kenny Rogers.
Associated Press stated that, “Coolio returns to hip-hop with EL COOL MAGNIFICO, and every track on the disc is a winner.” The New York Post praised the new album and and wrote that “EL COOL MAGNIFICO is excellent from top to bottom. There’s humor here, as well as some ghetto wisdom and a musicality that will give this collection a reach beyond hip-hop.”