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)

9 thoughts on “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’”

  1. mo_dallas

    Same thing with Kanye’s School Spirit. Only way Aretha Franklin would approve her voice sample was no profanity

  2. plague042

    I didn’t understand before why this song sounds like a masterpiece, and the other Coolio songs are garbage. When I discovered the original was from Stevie, I finally understood.

  3. Ravingrook

    It was also the only song that “Weird Al” didn’t get permission to parody from the artist. They made up later, but things were tense between them for a while.

  4. Immaculate_Pasta

    It blew my mind when I discovered pastime paradise for the first time.

  5. spooli

    Oddly enough the only memorable song of his too for me.

    Don’t need to swear to make a good song, take notes from the classics from time to time.

  6. FabulousDave2112

    And Pastime Paradise is still the superior song anyway.

  7. SkinnyV514

    Sampling is a bit of a stretch, its almost the same song.

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