Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” featuring L.V. is widely known as a classic record from the 90s. Nearly three decades since the song’s release, it has reached a new streaming high.
"Gangsta's Paradise" Is Still Climbing 27 Years Later
Billboard reports that “Gangsta’s Paradise” has reached one billion views on YouTube. The whopping number of views follow its upload back in 2017.
The three-times platinum track was featured on the soundtrack of the 1995 drama film “Dangerous Minds,” starring Michelle Pfeiffer — who also is the leading lady in the Antoine Fuqua-directed music video. The visual also took home the award for “Best Rap Video” at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards.
In a video, the Compton rapper celebrated his recent feat with a round of thanks to his fans.
“Yo, what’s up y’all? We just hit one billion,” he said. “I want to thank everybody for all the years of love and being there for me. I hope I got you through some good times and got you through some bad times, cuz he d–n sure got me through some… it’s on and it’s on and it’s on.”
The track is also on its way to hit one billion streams on Spotify.
Coolio Gives Thanks To His Support System
“Big shout out to Doug Rasheed LV DJ Wino Paul Stewart Tom Silverman Monica Lynch The 90s Tommy boy staff And artist roster The 40 Thevz The original members of GAT my family my Homies from the park Mona that is Josefa Salinas Jarel Jarez Posey Derrick D Dog Grandberry Spoony Cee Billy Boy Lekrat P.S. the terror MiMi Mima Karr thank you everyone I love y’all till the casket drop R.I.P. Jackie Mae Jones (my moma) Delano Reed Art Hall DJ Crazy Toones.”
Another Hip-Hop Classic That Hit One Billion
After the star-studded Halftime performance at the Super Bowl, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s “Still D.R.E.” hit one billion views on YouTube, as previously reported by AfroTech. The 1999 classic was uploaded to the streaming giant in 2011.