Gangsta's Paradise

Gangsta's Paradise

by CoolioCoolio

CD(Anniversary Edition)

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/2020
Label: Tommy Boy Music
UPC: 0016998513224
catalogNumber: 13224
Rank: 19320


  1. That's How It Is (Skit)
  2. Geto Highlites
  3. Gangsta's Paradise
  4. Too Hot
  5. Cruisin'
  6. Exercise Yo' Game
  7. 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)
  8. Smilin'
  9. Fucc Coolio (Skit)
  10. Kinda High, Kinda Drunk
  11. For My Sistas
  12. Is This Me?
  13. A Thing Going On
  14. Bright as the Sun
  15. Recoup This
  16. The Revolution
  17. Get up Get Down
  18. 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)
  19. 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Coolio   Primary Artist
James "J.T." Taylor   Background Vocals
Stan Jones   Bass,Guitar,10-string Guitar
Frank Cannon   Keyboards
Darrell Crooks   Guitar
Chris Fletcher   Guitar
Andrew Gouche   Bass
Brian James   Guitar
L.V.   Background Vocals
Roy "Dog" Pennon   Bass,Keyboards
WC   Vocals
Baby G.   Background Vocals
Shaunna D.   Background Vocals
Devon Davis   Keyboards
Lashanna Dendy   Background Vocals
40 Thevz   Background Vocals
Christopher Hamabe   Keyboards
Malika   Vocals
Eric "Funkyworm" Park   Guitar
Rated R   Vocals
Trinna Simmons   Background Vocals
Ras Kass   Vocals
Jeremy Monroe   Vocals
Will Wheaton   Background Vocals
Charles "Chopper" Anderson   Bass
Shorty   Vocals
P.S. Pookie   Vocals
Talkbox   Vocals
Leek Ratt   Vocals
Capucine Jackson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Schoolly D   Composer
John Austin   Composer
Ernie Isley   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Tom Browne   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Bennie Maupin   Composer
Wallace Roney   Composer
Chris Jasper   Composer
Sekou Bunch   Composer
Coolio   Producer,Executive Producer
Artie Butler   Composer
William Calhoun   Composer
Jammin' James Carter   Composer,Producer
Dave Grusin   Composer
Dobbs the Wino   Producer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Joey Gardner   Remixing
Cary Gilbert   Composer
Jerry Goldstein   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
O'Kelly Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Paul Jackson   Composer
Patrick MacDougall   Engineer
Bob Morse   Engineer
Oji Pierce   Composer,Producer
Doug Rasheed   Composer,Producer
Paul Stewart   Executive Producer
Maurice Thompson   Composer
Jay Williams   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Danny Taylor   Producer
Wino   Executive Producer
Dominic Aldridge   Composer,Producer
Devon Davis   Composer,Programming,Producer
Christopher Hamabe   Composer,Programming,Producer
Toni Smith   Composer
Marvin Tarplin   Composer
Mark Nathan   Engineer
Earl Stevens   Composer
Speedy Dee   Composer
Reece Carter   Producer
Poison Ivey   Producer
Jammin' James   Instrumentation
Albee!!   Executive Producer
Jay Jay Supreme Williams   Producer
Maurice "Dj Moe" Thompson   Producer
DJ Romeo   Instrumentation
Adrian Sear   Composer
Larry Sanders   Composer
Artis Ivey   Composer
Malieek W. Straughter   Composer
Bryan Dobbs   Composer
Henry Straughter   Composer
Spoon   Producer
Marika Bradford   Composer
Letice Petty   Composer
Deyon Davis   Producer
Sylvester Stewart   Composer

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