His continuous struggle in life led him to sell over 17 million records globally and to do a long list of concerts to adoring fans in Africa, Israel, Russia, Japan, Thailand, Brazil, Australia, Turkey, the United States and throughout Europe. Coolio at the beginning took over the rap scene through the “Gangsta’s Paradise” release, which won a Grammy Award in 1996 for Best Rap Performance Solo. The world recognition led to his music being featured for several major motion pictures including: Space Jam, Clueless, The Big Payback, Panther, New Jersey Drive, The Jerk Boys, Eddie, Half Baked and many more..
Coolio has won an American Music Award, three MTV Awards, two Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and a World Music Award. He has received six Grammy Award nominations (1994, 1995 and 1996), two Billboard Music Awards (1994 and 1996), two ASCAP Awards (1996, 1997), three MTV Video Awards (1996 and 1997), four American Online Awards (1996) and was the Playboy Music Poll winner in 1997.
His musical collaborations continued with “From the Bottom to the Top.” Coolio changed his style and opened up to working with many European and International disc jockeys such as Benny Benassi, Ives la rock, and Paul Oakenfold just to name a few. Coolio’s Album “El Cool Magnigico” was released in Europe on Jan 15, 2003. The album sold over 1.8 million copies worldwide.
With over 17 million records sold worldwide Coolio is currently performing and touring worldwide as a musical artist.