Many know him for the famous hip-hop albums It Takes a Thief and Gangsta’s Paradise. Coolio is living proof of transformation from the dark side of life into the light. From a dangerous living to a decent one, we will find out how he came out to be a superstar, his music career, and diverse occupations. This article will discuss the net worth of Coolio in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
To some extent, one would expect a boy who had fallen to a bad company to either end up jailed for life or gunned down. But fortunately, this did not happen to Coolio. Born in Compton, California, Artis Leon Ivey Jr is his original name. His mother was employed in a factory whereas his father worked as a carpenter. He had asthma when he was young and preferred to stay at home all the time. It’s unbelievable how Coolio used to be a book warm. Maybe this is the kind of intelligence he used to reconstruct his life.
His parents divorced when he was 11 years old, and he went to the streets. You can guess what happens to such boys. Of course, he joined a gang called Baby Crips which made him violent. He carried guns to school, and he was even jailed for a few months. Although this affected his studies, he completed high school and joined Compton Community College. He started rapping in contests in high school.
Coolio was already addicted to cocaine which prevented him from advancing in rapping. He joined a rehab and revived his career when he came out clean.
Despite his widely celebrated music, his love life has not been impressive. Coolio has a total of six children. Is that annoying? Well, the children are from four different mothers. He was charged in court for punching his partner in 2013. Not a good role model for the kids. Anyway, he has dedicated his life to educating students on global warming and is the spokesman for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Career, Awards & Nominations
The best virtue that has helped Coolio is his ability to maneuver his life from the dirty corners and walking towards legitimacy. His career was faced with challenges such as addiction and poverty. He worked in very odd jobs, but he never stopped dreaming. He released first albums but never hit. Even when he was in Madd Circle and WC Bands, his dreams were not met. Things completely changed when he went to do solo and released It Takes a Thief in 1994. This song was listed third in Billboard 100.
His struggles were over in 1995 when the track ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ got every ear. He won Best Rap Solo Performance for this song and also nominated for the Best Rap Album.
In his career, he won one Grammy Award, one American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards and got other multiple nominations of the same awards. His mid-1990s albums were the greatest revolution in his rap career.
He has acted in various films as well.
Net Worth & Earnings
If you are anticipating how much this rapper is worth, you must not forget that he has several occupations. He has made several bucks from TV shows, film industry, and recording and production. His estimated net worth is $200 thousand. This is a good amount from a poor, determined boy who had a miserable life coming up to rehabilitate his status.
Coolio is a motivation for young rappers and anybody who is struggling in hardship, addicted to drugs or facing abuse. His commitment to change his life no matter what he went through by making personal decisions the right way depicts to us that it is never too late.