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Coolio's Music Royalties Estimated To Be Worth More Than $6M — But His Publishing Is Worth A Lot More

On Sept. 28, 2022, the world was shocked when Coolio passed away. The rapper — whose given name was Artis Leon Ivey, Jr. — went into cardiac arrest, and was found unresponsive on a friend’s bathroom floor. He was only 59-years-old. Though Coolio was, perhaps, best known for the song “Gangsta’s Paradise” — a track which sampled Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise” from his super-smash legendary album, “Songs in the Key of Life” — he was also considered one of the pioneers of the West Coast subgenre of rap. As might be expected, though, the “Fantastic Voyage” rapper’s legacy was all but immediately revisited upon his passing. According to Billboard, the rapper’s streams jumped by more than 260 percent during the week of Sept. 28th. What’s more, the outlet reported that this percentage jump translated to more than 19 million pure streams of his various songs. And finally, the aforementioned “Gangsta’s Paradise” received more than 14 million of these new streams in that week alone. “After...

Coolio's Classic 90s Record 'Gangsta's Paradise' Hits One Billion Views On YouTube

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.

Jul 13, 2022