The passing away of legendary and much-loved American rapper Coolio at the age of 59 is a great loss. The multi-talented musician, who had won several awards, was said to have passed away near the end of last month when he was visiting a friend in Los Angeles.
At first, the paramedics believed that the rapper had experienced a heart arrest; however, the exact cause of the loss is still unknown at this time. Coolio, who was known for giving the world a peek at his private life via his reality TV program “Coolio’s Rules,” was actively involved in his art up to the end of his life. He passed away in 2013.
His devoted followers as well as newcomers had great pleasure in interacting with the artist’s work. Although Coolio is no longer with us, he is survived by a large brood of offspring, including at least one son who has followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a hip-hop performer.
In spite of the fact that the musician was a trailblazer in the hip-hop music field, his children did not hesitate to voice their opinions publicly about his music, particularly their displeasure. Despite this, his musical abilities were formidable, and he was able to amass a number of illustrious honors when he was at the height of his career.
One of his songs which are considered to be a classic, “Gangsta Paradise,” has reached the staggering milestone of one billion views on YouTube. After marking the significant achievement of 30 years in the music industry, Coolio took the time to thank his devoted following for their undying love and support. “Gangsta Paradise” was also included in the movie “Dangerous Minds,” which was directed by Michelle Pfieffer.
After learning of the rapper’s passing, the film producer paid respect to the artist by publishing the music video to the song that was associated with the rapper’s passing. One of his most recent endeavors was the production of a reality program, in which he demonstrated what it was like to share a home with four adolescents.
Artis Leon Ivey Jr., better known by his stage name Coolio, took his first breath in Compton, California, in the United States of America. The artist spent his childhood in that place, and years later, after meeting and falling in love with Josefa Salinas, they were married in 1996. Despite this, the pair parted ways in 2000, having been married for a total of barely four years.
During the time that Coolio and Salinas were together, they were blessed with four children: three girls and a boy. However, the late rapper was also the father of six more children with a number of women who remain unknown, the result of multiple rumored affairs with different women.
Josefa Salinas, the woman who was previously married to rapper Coolio, gave birth to children Jackie, Artis, Brandi, and Artisha, all of whom later adopted their father’s surname. Grtis, Brandi, Zhaneand, the twin’s Kate and Shayne, Artisha, and Artis Ivey III are Coolio’s other children, in addition to Artis Ivey III.
According to TMZ, Grtis Ivey is Coolio’s oldest son; however, in the song “Coolio’s Rules,” he went by the name Artis. Ivey and a sex worker called Shantrice Wilkerson, according to a claim published by the source in 2012, were the ones who broke into a tenant’s residence.
TMZ was able to secure a copy of the police report that explains the events leading up to the incident. Three nights before, Wilkerson had taken the first step in developing a sexual connection with the renter, Joseph Hall. However, things escalated from bad to worse when the sex worker demanded payment.
According to TMZ, Hall didn’t find out Shantrice was a sex worker until after they had already left the club, at which point he politely rejected them and went home. After that, Wilkerson contacted Ivey and asked her to accompany her back to Hall’s apartment, but when they got there, they only found Hall’s roommate there.
They threatened the other person living in the flat with a rifle, frightened him, and then forced him into the toilet before taking various different things and devices from him. Thank goodness, the other renter recognized both of them and informed the landlord about what had happened. They were taken into custody by the LV Police Department in Nevada.
Ivey and Wilkerson were arrested and charged with a number of significant crimes as a result of their acts, including abduction in the first degree, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and grand theft. During the period that Ivey was waiting for his trial, he was not allowed to post bond.
Milan Ivey, the late hip-hop artist’s other son, is carrying on the family legacy of succeeding in the family business. Pharoah Santana is the stage name that Milan, a prominent rapper, uses. Milan is a graduate of New York University. After receiving his diploma, he participated in a number of concerts all around the United States.
After his father passed away, Milan sent an emotional homage on social media to his late father. The remaining children of Coolio live apart from their other siblings, in contrast to how their other siblings live. They have not been involved in any controversies that have been made public, and they aim to avoid being in the spotlight whenever possible.
It was previously controversially disclosed how much of a strict dad Coolio was to his children, and Coolio reared his children using the concept of “tough love.” The rapper has remarked that it is important for his children to have bullies since they helped him grow a thick skin and avoid getting into trouble when he was younger.
Even after his children had grown out of their teenage years, Coolio maintained the same stringent dating policies, particularly with reference to his daughters. According to People, Coolio expressed the desire that any prospective partners of his daughters do not have any expectations of them whatsoever.
The rapper once related a tale about the time he walked in on Artisha as she was getting very comfy sitting on the lap of a male. According to Coolio, he took up a billiard table leg in an effort to frighten the young couple, and he told Artisha to get off of the boy’s lap.
Artisha argued against it and said that she was 20 years old. According to People, the late rapper replied as follows:
She said, “I’m 20 years old!” in shock. I responded by saying, “You best find yourself a home that’s at least 20 years old then!”
When it came to their father’s music, Coolio’s kids never held back from giving him candid comments, and they never shied away from being brutally honest with him. It has been said that they are among his most strident detractors. According to the Seattle Times, Coolio related the following story:
“There are moments when I inquire of them (his children), ‘How do you feel about this song?'” They will express in a straightforward manner, “That’s wack,”
The late rapper’s oldest children from his previous marriage, Artisha, Artis, Brandi, and Jackie Ivey, participated in the family reality program “Coolio’s Rules.” Other members of the Ivey family also made appearances on the show. The program provides an up-close and intimate look at the activities that take place inside the Ivey family.
Additionally, Coolio displayed how he balanced being a musician, an entrepreneur, and a parent in his life and career. When the rapper saw that his career was going in the wrong direction, he came up with the idea for “Coolio’s Rules,” and he made the decision to pursue it.
Because Coolio intended “Coolio’s Rules” to be real, it had a lot of funny and sitcom-like situations, which contributed to the show’s overall authenticity. It showed the family coming closer together over meals and cooking, laughing together, and having difficult chats about guys and dating his daughters.
The fact that Coolio’s father wasn’t exactly a model citizen was something the rapper was well aware of. The fact that Coolio did not want to continue carrying on that heritage made the idea of the performance seem even more personal to the artist. As a result, he placed a high priority on proving to the world that he could fulfill the role of the father he never had.
However, his son Artis did not always approve of some of his acts or songs since the two of them had personalities that couldn’t be more different from one another. Artis tends to be more reticent, but Coolio was the complete opposite, particularly in public, as Artis has revealed. Artis’ nature is quieter.
According to The Seattle Times, Artis said that his father took pleasure in acting in a “flamboyant,” “outgoing,” and “crazy” manner. However, despite their differences, Artis was able to find it within himself to enjoy the outer features that his father had and communicated with his mother that he believed Coolio was “cool” in general.
Coolio was a famous artist who drew inspiration from the many experiences he had growing up in Compton and used those experiences in his work. During the middle of the 1990s, he was nominated for six Grammy awards, and he has gone on to sell over 17 million albums all over the globe.
Coolio received a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Rap Performance in 1996 for his song “Gangsta’s Paradise.” This was one of his many nominations. In addition, he has gone on international tours, performing in such places as the United States of America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. However, he was able to find methods to keep himself going even after his career had reached its pinnacle and his level of achievement started to diminish.
On the 29th of this month, Coolio passed away after having a great and remarkable career, being one of the many individuals who inspired pop and hip-hop culture right up to the end of his life. He was 59 years old.
Coolio, who also worked with LL Cool J, was devoted to his art right up to the moment he took his last breath, and he passed doing what he loved. The late musician uploaded a video of his last concert, which lasted for 19 minutes, only a few days before he passed away. His musical legacy will be carried on by two of his ten offspring, who will carry on the family business.