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Gangsta's Paradise [Explicit Lyrics]

Coolio, LVAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 7, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Rhino / Ada
  • ASIN: B000000HKV
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,248 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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Coolio ~ Gangsta's Paradise

Old-school hip-hop, which builds its sing-song raps atop samples of old funk and soul singles, may be on the way out, but in its twilight days it has yielded one more brilliant album, Coolio's Gangsta's Paradise. Coolio, the Compton rapper once known as Artis Ivey, creates tape loops of the catchiest sections from old songs by Smokey Robinson, the Isley Brothers, Billy Paul, and Herbie Hancock, and then raps his ghetto slice-of-life stories atop those loops. It's a familiar formula, but Coolio makes it fresh again, coming up with monologues strong enough to make us forget the original songs and get lost in his narratives. Moreover, Coolio drops his rhymes so they fall perfectly on the beats and even the melodies of the samples. --Geoffrey Himes

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good rap cd September 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Now, I'm not a big Coolio fan. But I've just always liked the song "Gangsta's Paradise". Even though that's the initial reason I bought the album, there are many more good songs on it. I like the song "Ghetto Highlights" almost as much as the title track. "Sumpin New(1,2,3,4)" is a pretty catchy tune I used to hear at roller skate places a lot. Those are my 3 favorite songs, but I also like the songs "Kinda High, Kinda Drunk" and "Exercise Yo' Game". The only reason I took off a star is because since this is an edited album, there are a couple of songs that could be good that are edited so much, it takes away from the songs.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gangstas Paradise January 4, 2003
By Gee-Man
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album a year ago just for Gangstas Paradise cuz i could not find the single n e where. I was well impressed that the other tracks on this album were nearly as good as 'Gangstas Paradise' but this tune will never be beaten for its spine tinglin beat and hard hittin lyric. This has to be the best Gangsta rap tune ever made. Coolio deserves more praise and respect for his work i only hope he will return with a new album as good as this. RESPECT!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Back in late 1995, Coolio had his most popular single "Gangsta's Paradise" floating all through the airwaves. I must have been about 10 years old, and managed to learn that song in under an hour (almost 13 years later, I can barely remember any of the words). Coolio wasn't really the greatest rapper from the west coast, but the single "Gangsta's Paradise" was the jump that he needed to place himself to where he wanted to be in the rap game.

True, when you think of his name, that single pops up, but there was just more than that single that made him a good rapper. In fact a lot of the tracks bang, as Coolio talks mostly about the streets of L.A. "Ghetto Highlites" is a song how he talks about life in the ghetto. "Too Hot" is a great song about people being burned while not using protection using the Kool And The Gang song. Then he has some bouncy tracks like "1,2,3,4 (Sumpin' New)" which does sound a little cheesy but to me it's good.

Guest appearances are good though. I like "Crusin" featuring Malika. E-40, Kam, and Coolio's group 40 Thevez colab for "Exercize Yo Game". And W.C., 40 Thevez, Shorty, and Ras Kass, appear on "Get Up, Get Down". All dope songs. My favorite song on this album would be Coolio colabing with Will Wheaton on the song "Bright As The Sun".

Although good album, it flaws heavily. I personally think this album has too many recognizable interpolations, which makes the song sounds so cheesy. A perfect example would be "A Thing Going On", uses the chorus to "Me and Mrs. Jones". "Kinda High and Drunk" is another bad song.

Gangsta's Paradise is a very good album. It was one of the biggest highlight albums in late '95 carried over to '96.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars could be better April 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
this CD isn't bad but it could be better. It needs more songs and it needs better songs. The only song I really liked was gangstas paradise. I really don't know why they made an edited vesion. Coolio doesn't curse much. Oh well... Buy the unedited version!!!!(or Tupac, 50 cent, Eminem, or Chingy).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Prototype teen pop, really nothing else July 19, 2004
By mianfei
Format:Audio CD
In an age of "boom boom" dance music and overblown, hyperamplified grunge, I was inclined to think that, when I heard Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" - even as I was knowing about what "gangsta" meant in relation to rap - was something a little better.

The fact was/is, that this style of synthesised, semimelodic rap today sounds like the perfect prototype for, yes, the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears. Coolio clearly sounded like he wanted to remove the melodies and the hooks that at least made commcercial music from the eighties easy to listen to (well, I listened to nothing but for the best part of two decades) and replace it with a synthesised, airy, flyweight sound that would serve perfectly as background music on your commercial station. The song is not memorable like hit singles of the 1980s were, and the singer can never tell whether he wants to talk or actually to sing.

This was perhaps the first song to be a hit AS background music on the radio, rather than from simple, catchy lyrics and vocals that had made hit singles before. As it stands today, this soundtrack rap album is almost a protype for the Backstreet Boys, who sound quite similar to Coolio, actually, even if they never rapped.

If you like the Backstreet Boys or N'Sync (no need for rudeness) you'll love this for the meandering melodies and total absence of memorable rhythms. if you want more substance, stay right away. Coolio copies Stevie Wonder's "Pasttime Paradise" on this one: going back to the source would be most welcome.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a classic CD November 23, 2004
By B. Dunn
Format:Audio CD
Gangsta's paradise (the song) still is one of my most played songs in my car. There are several other noteworthy songs too. With all the new rap CDs on the market now-a-days, sometimes it is just nice to kick back and listen to one of the classics.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A couple stand out songs. May 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album mainly for GANGSTA'S PARADISE. I've never been a huge Coolio fan, but I liked the song. There were a couple of other good songs on the album, especially the one with the guest appearance by WC (the Shadiest!). The lyrics and the beats on that were pretty tight. The rest of the album was enjoyable, but nothing outstanding. The lyrics were nothing special and the production was mediocre...he needed more work from Crazy Toones.
This album isn't a must have unless you're a Coolio fan, but it's enjoyable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Arrived in Perfect condition. Great.
Published 1 day ago by Tania Reay
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Kathryn D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by legend
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
one good song
Published 2 months ago by JOHN BOHANNON
5.0 out of 5 stars great song
none of the rappers of today could have put this together so nicely. It is one of my favorite songs.
Published 4 months ago by S. Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Coolio Rap Classic "Gangsta Paradise"
If there is a rap classic, Gangsta's Paradise would be on the list. I gave this CD as a Christmas stocking stuffer. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Micah Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Coolio rocks!
This CD brings me right back to the 80's. This was bought as a replacement and I enjoy it every time I get into my car!
Published 10 months ago by 83Julieinwi
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
Coolio is awesome and reminds me of my younger years. This was a great purchase. I don't really know why anyone would need a review of this throwback. :)
Published 12 months ago by imaudreyjane
5.0 out of 5 stars love this song
at 56 I still like this song... Saw Dangerous Minds or something like that movie the other day and they play it a couple times, so had to have it for my kindle fire... Read more
Published 13 months ago by sunshine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This album has several of the well known great hits as well as some great songs that I've never heard before buying this album. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Stefmusik
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