Gangsta's Paradise

Gangsta's Paradise

by Coolio
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Gangsta's Paradise

Most of Coolio's hit debut It Takes a Thief was fairly upbeat material, but the appearance of the stark single "Gangsta's Paradise" in the summer of 1995 signaled a change in the rapper's music. Driven by an ominously deep bassline and slashing strings, the creeping, threatening funk of "Gangsta's Paradise" was the most chilling thing Coolio had recorded to date, but the menace didn't come at the expense of his considerable talent for immediate, catchy hooks. Consequently, the single shot to the top of the charts and hovered in the Top Ten for many weeks. The album followed shortly afterwards, and it didn't fail to deliver on the promise of the single. Not only did Coolio expand his sound, but his songwriting skills improved, as Gangsta's Paradise has very few weak moments. Alternating between slow, funky grooves and elastic, party-ready anthems, Gangsta's Paradise is proof that Coolio is one of the most exciting and interesting hip-hop artists of the mid-'90s.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/1995
Label: Imports
UPC: 0016998114124
catalogNumber: 929524

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Performance Credits

Coolio   Primary Artist
James "J.T." Taylor   Background Vocals
Stan Jones   Guitar
Charlie Anderson   Bass
Frank Cannon   Keyboards
Darrell Crooks   Guitar
Chris Fletcher   Guitar
Andrew Gouche   Bass
Brian James   Guitar
Roy "Dog" Pennon   Bass,Keyboards
Wil Wheaton   Background Vocals
Baby G.   Background Vocals
Shaunna D.   Background Vocals
Devon Davis   Keyboards
Lashanna Dendy   Background Vocals
40 Thevz   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Christopher Hamabe   Keyboards
Eric "Funkyworm" Park   Guitar
Rated R   Vocals
Trinna Simmons   Background Vocals
Malika Ubaka   Vocals

Technical Credits

Coolio   Producer
James Carter   Producer
Brian Dobbs   Producer
Oji Pierce   Producer
Doug Rasheed   Producer
Maurice Thompson   Producer
Jay Williams   Producer
Dominic Aldridge   Producer
Devon Davis   Programming,Producer
Christopher Hamabe   Programming,Producer
Peter Reardon   Engineer

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