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Gangsta’s Paradise is one of the few Coolio songs to not feature profanity because it was the only way Stevie Wonder would authorise the sampling of his song ‘Pastime Paradise’

Gangsta’s Paradise

For other uses, see Gangsta’s Paradise (disambiguation).

“Gangsta’s Paradise” is a song by American rapper Coolio, featuring singer L.V. The song was released on Coolio’s album of the same name, as well as the soundtrack for the 1995 film Dangerous Minds. It samples the chorus and instrumentation of Stevie Wonder’s 1976 song “Pastime Paradise”.

The song was listed at number 85 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of All-Time and was the number one biggest-selling single of 1995 on U.S. Billboard. In 2008, it was ranked number 38 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. NME listed the song at number 100 in their ranking of “100 Best Songs of the 1990s” in 2012. Coolio was awarded a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance, two MTV Video Music Aw… Continue Reading (7 minute read)

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