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Gangsta's Paradise

Coolio

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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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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1
(Skit) That's How It Is [feat. L.V.] (LP Version) 00:01:00

Coolio, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist - Talkbox, Additional Vocals - L.V., FeaturedArtist

2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing 1995 Tommy Boy Music Inc.

2
Geto Highlites (LP Version) 00:04:59

D. Davis, Writer - J. Austin, Writer - Wino, Mixer - Coolio, MainArtist - 40 Thevz, Background Vocals - A. Ivey Jr., Writer - C. Hamabe, Writer - Chris Fletcher, Guitar - Chris Hamabe, Keyboards, Programmer - Christopher Hamabe, Producer - Devon Davis, Producer, Programmer - Mark Nathan, Mixer - Roy "Dog" Pennon, Keyboards, Bass

2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing 1995 Tommy Boy Music Inc.

3
Gangsta's Paradise (feat. L.V.) (LP Version) 00:04:00

Larry Sanders, Writer - Doug Rasheed, Producer, Writer - Stevie Wonder, Composer, Writer - Coolio, Rap, MainArtist - L.V., Rap, FeaturedArtist - Artis Ivey Jr., Writer

2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing 1995 Tommy Boy Music Inc.

4
Too Hot (LP Version) 00:03:39

Bob Morse, Mixer - Stan Jones, Guitar - JAMES TAYLOR, Background Vocals - G. BROWN, Composer, Lyricist, Writer - Coolio, MainArtist - B. Dobbs, Composer, Lyricist, Writer - A. Ivey Jr., Composer, Lyricist, Writer - Roy "Dog" Pennon, Keyboards, Bass - Brain Dobbs, Producer

2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing 1995 Tommy Boy Music Inc.

5
Crusin' (LP Version) 00:04:35

M. Bradford, Writer - D. Davis, Writer - Coolio, Performance, MainArtist - W.ROBINSON, Writer - A. Ivey Jr., Writer - C. Hamabe, Writer - Chris Hamabe, Keyboards, Programmer - Christopher Hamabe, Producer - Devon Davis, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer - Mark Nathan, Mixer - J. Tarplin, Writer - Shaunna D., Background Vocals - Malika, Additional Vocals

2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing 1995 Tommy Boy Music Inc.

6
Excercise Yo Game (feat. E-40, KAM, & 40 Thevz) (LP Version) 00:04:49

J. Williams, Writer - E. Stevens, Writer - Wino, Producer - Stan Jones, Guitar - JAMES TAYLOR, Background Vocals - Coolio, Producer, Performance, MainArtist - M. THOMPSON, Writer - E-40, FeaturedArtist - Jay Williams, Executive Producer - 40 Thevz, FeaturedArtist - A. Ivey Jr., Writer - Albee, Producer - H. Straughter, Writer - M. Straughter, Writer - Maurice Thompson, Executive Producer - Pennon, Keyboards, Bass - Kam, FeaturedArtist - Paul Stewart, Producer

2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing 1995 Tommy Boy Music Inc.

7
1-2-3-4 (Sumpin' New) (LP Version) 00:03:33

D. Grusin, Writer - P. Adams, Writer - S. Bunch, Writer - T. Smith, Writer - Coolio, MainArtist - A. Ivey Jr., Writer - A. Sear, Writer - T.Browne, Writer - S. Cooper, Writer

2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing 1995 Tommy Boy Music Inc.

8
Smilin' (LP Version) 00:04:10

J. Carter, Writer - D. Aldridge, Writer - S. Stewart, Writer - ROB CHIARELLI, Mixer - Romeo, All Instruments - Baby G, Background Vocals - Coolio, MainArtist - James Carter, Producer - A. Ivey Jr., Writer - Dominic Aldridge, Producer - Reece Carter, Co-Producer

2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing 1995 Tommy Boy Music Inc.

9
(Skit) Fucc Coolio (Skit LP Version) 00:00:48

Coolio, Producer, MainArtist

2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing 1995 Tommy Boy Music Inc.

10
Kinda High, Kinda Drunk (LP Version) 00:03:44

J. Carter, Writer - D. Aldridge, Writer - Coolio, Performance, MainArtist - A. Ivey Jr., Writer - Dominic Aldridge, Producer - Danny Taylor, Co-Producer

2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing 1995 Tommy Boy Music Inc.

11
For My Sistas (LP Version) 00:04:27

Oji Pierce, Producer - Andrew Gouche', Bass - E. Isley, Writer - O. Isley, Writer - Bob Morse, Mixer - R. ISLEY., Writer - Coolio, MainArtist - O. Pierce, Writer - A. Ivey Jr., Writer - C. Jaspar, Writer - Darryl Crookes, Guitar - Lashanna Dendy, Background Vocals - Oji, Mixer

2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing 1995 Tommy Boy Music Inc.

12
Is This Me? (LP Version) 00:04:24

LV, Background Vocals - ROB CHIARELLI, Mixer - Coolio, Vocals, MainArtist - A. Ivey Jr., Writer - Deyon Davis, Producer, Writer - Eric Park, Guitar - Frank Cannon, Keyboards - Rated R, Additional Vocals, Writer - Charles Anderson, Bass

2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing 1995 Tommy Boy Music Inc.

13
Mrs. Jones (LP Version) 00:04:45

Coolio, MainArtist

2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing 1995 Tommy Boy Music Inc.

14
Bright As The Sun (LP Version) 00:04:46

Oji Pierce, Producer, Mixer, Writer - Bob Morse, Mixer - Coolio, MainArtist - Brian James, Guitar - O. Pierce, Writer - A. Ivey Jr., Writer - Will Wheaton, Background Vocals

2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing 1995 Tommy Boy Music Inc.

15
Recoup This (LP Version) 00:01:20

Spoon, Producer - Coolio, Vocals, MainArtist - PS and Capucine Jackson, Additional Vocals

2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing 1995 Tommy Boy Music Inc.

16
The Revolution (LP Version) 00:03:48

A. Butler, Writer - G. Goldstein, Writer - Coolio, Performance, MainArtist - B. Dobbs, Writer - A. Ivey Jr., Writer - Brian Dobbs, Producer

2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing 1995 Tommy Boy Music Inc.

17
Get Up Get Down (LP Version) 00:05:31

W. Calhoun, Writer - P. Jackson, Writer - B. Maupin, Writer - M. Bradford, Writer - J. Austin, Writer - Stan Jones, Guitar, Bass - W.C., Additional Vocals - Coolio, MainArtist - B. Dobbs, Writer - H. Hancock, Writer - A. Ivey Jr., Writer - Mark Nathan, Mixer - H. Straughter, Writer - M. Straughter, Writer - Pennon, Keyboards, Bass - Brian Dobbs, Producer - L. Petty, Writer - Leek Ratt, Additional Vocals - P. S., Additional Vocals - W. Rooney, Writer - Malika, Additional Vocals - Ras Kass, Additional Vocals - Shorty, Additional Vocals

2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing 1995 Tommy Boy Music Inc.

Album Description

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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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