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Coolio

Twenty years from now, all the rap connoseurs are going to look back on the 90s as the decade in which Coolio got his start. He will be remembered as the most important figure to come out of popular music since Bob Dylan.

Coolio will be remembered for more than his music, though. His reach will be felt in politics, movies, and books. He will spawn a new utopia in America, and it will be dubbed Coolioism. It will be great. Scholars will consult this homepage when they attempt to record his great deeds in book form, i.e., the Bible.

Anyway--Let there be more Coolio!!

Here's some articles dedicated to his Highness. Click! You'll love them!

And here are the lyrics to two of his current hits

   GANGSTA'S PARADISE 
                                            by COOLIO featuring L.V.
                                                                        

        As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
        I take a look at my life and realise there's nothing left
        coz I've been blasting and laughing so long, that
        even my mama thinks that my mind is gone
        but I ain't never cross the man that didn't deserve it
        me be treated like a punk you know that's unheard of
        you better watch how you're talking, and where you're walking
        or you and your homies might be lying in chalk
        I really hate to trip but I gotta loc
        As they groove I see myself in the pistol smoke, fool
        I'm the kinda G the little homies wanna be like
        on my knees in the night, saying prayers in the streetlight.

        They've been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta's 
         paradise
        They've been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta's 
         paradise
        We keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
        We keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise

        The getto situation, they got me facing
        I can't live a normal life, I was raised by the stripes
        so I gotta be down with the hood teen
        too much television watching got me chasing dreams
        I'm an educated fool with money on my mind
        got my tin in my hand and a grim in my eye
        I'm a low down gangsta set trippin' banger
        and my homies is down so don't arouse my anger, fool
        death ain't nothing but a heartbeat away,
        I'm living life, do or die, what can I say
        I'm 23 now, but will I live to see 24
        the way things are going I don't know

        Tell me why are we, so blind to see
        That the one's we hurt, are you and me
        They've been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta's 
         paradise
        They've been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta's  
         paradise
        We keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
        We keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise

        Power in the money, money in the power
        minute after minute, hour after hour
        everybody's running, but half of them ain't looking
        what's going on in the kitchen, but I don't know what's cooking
        they say I gotta learn, but nobody's here to teach me
        if they can't undersstand it, how can they teach me
        I guess they can't, I guess they won't
        I guess they front, that's why I know my life is out of luck, fool

        They've been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta's  
         paradise
        They've been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta's  
         paradise
        We keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
        We keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise
        Tell me why are we, so blind to see
        That the one's we hurt, are you and me
        Tell me why are we, so blind to see
        That the one's we hurt, are you and me
        
        (fade out)

        "Gangsta's Paradise" written by 
            Artis Ivey Jr., Larry Sanders, Doug Rasheed
            Transcript: K. Chammas



1,2,3,4 (Sumpin' New)

        -- Chorus --
        1 2 3 4  get your women on the floor
        Gotta Gotta get up get down
        Gotta Gotta get up get down

Rhyme 1:
What up everybody so glad to hear
it's Coolio put'n the flow back in your ear
coz it ain't fantastic voyage, but I'm still on a mission
to see if I can get your attention

Now I want to drop some information
just a little addin' touch to your education
I live my life by code on the 1st
600 AM AT's in the trunk

Word is on the streets you gotta feel my beat, so
throw your hands up if your down with the C
double O, L, I, O  with the flow
I'm lookin' for the party so better be dope

1 2 3, it's like abc
if hip hop didn't pay , I'd rap for free
slide slide but that's the past
I got some brand new for that ass

      -- Chorus --

Rhyme2:

If you got beefed then you eat the porkchops
coz I got it goin, you know it don't stop
I break like danny lights, many stops
from hood to hood, block to block

Help, I need somebody
they gettin it goin on this party
baby you could do it, take your time to a ride
would you be interrested in doin' it all damn night

But I aint no murderer but gonna rob that girl
get more puffs than a jerry curl
too many lookin' whos be lookin' for clues
there's a party goin on now whatcha gonna do, so

Grab your partner, do C do
if you don't know who it is, it's Coolio
slide slide but that's the past
I got some brand new for that ass

     -- Chorus --

Rhyme3:

Push, push in the front
but don't step on your toes coz you might get squshed
it's the brother from around the way
and when i say i live on the corner, i won't be like Dr Dre

Comin' at them with a fatem, in a fresh pair atom
so I hope you don't trick cus, I don't want to have to kick'em
so move your body baby, try the homeys steady
the way you shake your reary, always a favy

Ain't no party like the west coast party
coz the west coast party don't stop
so when you still young clickin'
and the chevy aint switchin', then you gotta get new job.

I got size to hypnotize to move you on the motion
Coolio got the potion to kick the party open
slide slide but that's the past
I got some brand new for that ass.

-- Chorus extended, fade out --

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