American rapper Coolio is best known for his hit singles such as Gangsta's Paradise, Fantastic Voyage,1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New), and C U When Get There. Besides being a rapper, he is also an actor, chef, and record producer.
Coolio has a net worth of $100,000 as of December 2019. Mainly, he earns from singing, acting, recording, and producing. Generally, the rapper earns a salary of $62,142 per year.
56-year-old rapper Coolio began his career, recording his first single, Whatcha Gonna Do? in 1987. After a year, he, along with Nu-Skool recorded, What Makes You Dance (Force Groove). Then, he made links in the L.A. rap scene and ended up uniting the hip hop group, WC and the Maad Circle, along with William Loshawn Calhoun Jr., aka WC and Maad Circle.
Eventually, Coolio signed a recording deal contract with Tommy Boy Records and released his solo debut album titled It Takes a Thief in 1994. The album includes the hit single, Fantastic Voyage, which was at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Similarly, his song, Gangsta's Paradise for the movie Dangerous Minds, was an instantaneous hit.
To date, the rapper has eight studio albums, two compilation albums, 28 music videos, and 22 singles altogether. Some of the earnings from his few albums are listed below:
|It Takes a Thief||July 19, 1994||$1,050,000|
|Gangsta's Paradise||November 21, 1995||$2,700,000|
|My Soul||August 26, 1997||$1,050,000|
Besides rapping, Coolio has also appeared on several TV shows. In 2004, he participated in the show Comeback - Die große Chance. Then, in 2009, he appeared on the reality TV show, Celebrity Big Brother.
After a year, 5 feet 8 inches tall rapper appeared on Ultimate Big Brother. Likewise, he then appeared in the Food Network reality show, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. He lost to an actor Louis Diamond Phillips with a score of 23 out of 30 and became the runner-up.
Furthermore, Fantastic Voyage star is also a part of the TV shows and films like Wife Swap, Tipping Point: Lucky Stars, Batman & Robin, Dracula 3000, Get Over It, Red Water, Gang Warz, Three Days to Vegas, and others.
Coolio represented the organization; Music Saves Lives in the TV show, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity in January 2012. As a runner-up of the competition, he earned $10,000 and donated it to the foundation.
Coolio and his band members of 40 Thevz were accused of robbery and causing physical injury to the boutique owner. The owner said that the rapper took merchandise worth $940 without paying and punched her when she tried to stop him.
On his behalf, the rapper refused to cause any injury to the owner. Also, he stated that he signed autographs in the boutique, and he, along with his squad, was promised free outfits in exchange.
Moreover, he also revealed that the lady was paid $3,000 for damages. Later, Stuttgart's court sentenced Coolio to pay the fine of $17,000 for the allegation and got sentenced to 6 months probation.
On September 17, 2016, the band members who did not show up for the trial got the arrest warrants. At last, My Soul star was faced with a maximum sentence of 4 years.
Coolio was born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. on August 1, 1963, 1963, in Compton, California, the United States to parents Artis Leon Ivey Sr. and Jackie Slater. He has two siblings, brothers, Malieek Straughter, and Crazy Toones.
Regarding his education, Coolio attended Compton College.
Coolio was married to Josefa Salinas on May 18, 1996. The couple together has four kids, Artisha Ivey, Brandi Ivey, Artis Ivey III, and Jackie Ivey. Unfortunately, the duo divorced in 2000.
Prior to Salinas, Coolio was in a relationship with several girls whose identity is yet unrevealed. From his past relationships, he has six children, Grtis Ivey, Darius Ivey, Zhaneand Ivey, Shayne Ivey, Milan Ivey, and Kate Ivey.