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Gangsta's Paradise Explicit Lyrics, Import

3.8 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

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Coolio ~ Gangsta's Paradise

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 7, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Import
  • Label: Rhino / Ada
  • ASIN: B000000HKV
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,388 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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Great album speaking to, and written about, life in the hood and ghettos of Los Angeles. This album is an instant classic and I can't stress enough how important the song "Ghetto Highlights" is.
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I'm not really into rap but I bought this because I loved Gangsta's Paradise when I was a kid. There are a few good tracks but for the most part Gangsta's Paradise is the only song I really like. (Geto Highlights is pretty awesome too)
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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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When this was first released from the movie Dangerous Minds and wanted this turn. Saw it performed live on the grammy show and when I heard it again from the moviw Green Hornet and had to order it. Great turn way ahead of it's time. On the seelers note: I reviewed the wrong item and had to remove it. The seller Movie Mars from the market place were great. They shipped the cd straight away and it arrived in perfect condition. I will be a return customer.
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If there is a rap classic, Gangsta's Paradise would be on the list. I gave this CD as a Christmas stocking stuffer. A young friend asked me about it and wondered where he could get CD. I found it on Amazon. It was a joy to see his face when he pulled it from his stocking. A song like Gangsta Paradise is timeless. The struggles are still there.
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