El Paso Comic Con would like to welcome Grammy Award winner COOLIO to EPIC 2014: Guerilla Fest!!! He will be headlining Guerilla Fest this Saturday, March 8th from 6:30-7:30! BIO: He recorded two singles in 1987, titled "Watch Gonna Do" and "You're Gonna Miss Me". Coolio made connections in the Los Angeles rap scene, and in 1991, ended up joining the group WC and the Maad Circle, led by rapper WC. He had a few verses on the group's debut album Ain't a Damn Thang Changed, including on the single "Dress Code". The album was regionally successful.
Tommy Boy Records and It Takes a Thief
In 1994, Coolio signed to Tommy Boy Records and released his debut solo album It Takes a Thief. The lead single "Fantastic Voyage" received heavy rotation on MTV, and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Fantastic Voyage" would become one of the biggest rap singles of the year, and the album contained a few other minor hits in "County Line" and "I Remember". It Takes a Thief peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200, becoming certified Platinum. The album received praise for bringing a humorous and lighthearted perspective to often violent and profane themes of typical gangsta rap.
In 1995, Coolio made a song for the movie Dangerous Minds, which was titled "Gangsta's Paradise". "Gangsta's Paradise", which featured R&B singer L.V., would become one of the most successful rap songs of all time, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks. It was the #1 single of 1995 for all genres, and was a global hit, as it reached #1 in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, and New Zealand. The song also created a controversy when Coolio claimed that parody artist Weird Al Yankovic had not asked for permission to make his parody of "Gangsta's Paradise", titled "Amish Paradise". At the 1996 Grammy Awards, the song won Coolio a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance.
Originally "Gangsta's Paradise" was not meant to be included on one of Coolio's studio albums, but its success led to Coolio not only putting it on his next album, but also making it the title track. The title track sampled the chorus and music of the song "Pastime Paradise" by Stevie Wonder, which was recorded nearly 20 years earlier on Stevie Wonder's album Songs in the Key of Life. The album Gangsta's Paradise was released in 1995 and was certified 2X Platinum by the RIAA. The album contained two other major hits in "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" and "Too Hot" with J.T. Taylor of Kool & the Gang doing the chorus. Despite no longer being an official member of the group, Coolio made an appearance on the second WC and the Maad Circle album Curb Servin', on the song "In a Twist". In 1996, Coolio had another top 40 hit with the song "It's All the Way Live (Now)" from the soundtrack to the movie Eddie. He was also featured on the song "Hit 'em High" from the soundtrack to the movie Space Jam with B-Real, Method Man, LL Cool J, and Busta Rhymes.
Red Hot Organization and Tommy Boy Records dismissal
In 1996, Coolio appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation CD America is Dying Slowly, alongside Biz Markie, Wu-Tang Clan, and Fat Joe, among many other prominent hip hop artists. The CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as "a masterpiece" by The Source magazine. That same year, he recorded the theme song and appeared in the opening sequence of the Nickelodeon TV series Kenan & Kel which ran for four seasons.
After the success of Gangsta's Paradise, Coolio's next album was expected to be another hit. His third solo album titled My Soul, came out in 1996. Although it contained the major hit "C U When U Get There" and the album went platinum, it failed to reach the success of his previous two albums. Coolio was dropped from Tommy Boy Records and his albums since then, 2001's Coolio.com, 2003's El Cool Magnifico, 2006's The Return of the Gangsta, and 2008's Steal Hear, have not charted on any Billboard chart. He did have a minor hit in the UK in 2006 with "Gangsta Walk" (featuring Snoop Dogg), which peaked at #67 on the UK pop chart.
While touring with hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse, Coolio received a tattoo as a homage to the group's fanbase, reading "Jugalo Cool" [sic]. He stated that the misspelling was intentional. Coolio has performed at the Gathering of the Juggalos.
In 2009, Coolio appeared as a housemate on Celebrity Big Brother. He later went to appear on Ultimate Big Brother in 2010, where he was removed from the house for unacceptable behaviour towards Nadia Almada and others in the house. In January 2012, he was one of eight celebrities participating in the Food Network reality series Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, where he represented the Music Saves Lives organization. He came in second place with a Zagat score of 23 out of 30, losing to Lou Diamond Phillips. As runnerup, he was awarded $10,000 for his charity.
Coolio was featured on the March 5, 2013, episode of the ABC reality program Wife Swap, and his girlfriend at the time left him after the program was taped. On June 30, 2013, he appeared alongside comedienne Jenny Eclair and Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden on UK game show Tipping Point: Lucky Stars, where he came second. Also on June 30, Coolio voiced a wax figure of himself on Gravity Falls.
Coolio and jazz saxophonist Jarez were enlisted in July 2008 as spokespersons by the group Environmental Justice and Climate Change to educate students at historically black colleges and universities about global warming. Coolio is a spokesperson for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. He says that he and his children are asthma sufferers. As a child, he was taken to the hospital several times due to asthma complications.
Coolio appeared in the 2009 season of the British television show Celebrity Big Brother. Coolio talked about his six children from four different relationships.
In 2013, a federal court entered a default judgment against Coolio after he was sued by a woman for his actions in jumping on the woman's back and bullriding her. Later in 2013, Coolio was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery after he was accused of punching a girlfriend of three years in the face during an argument on April 1 after he brought another woman home.
Main article: Coolio discography
It Takes a Thief (1994)
Gangsta's Paradise (1995)
My Soul (1997)
Coolio.com (2001) (Japan-limited release)
El Cool Magnifico (2002)
The Return of the Gangsta (2006)
Steal Hear (2008)
From the Bottom 2 the Top (2009)
Get Rich (Single) (2013)
Coolio has made numerous appearances in television and movies, mostly small roles or cameos.
Sabrina The Teenage Witch (1996)
Kenan and Kel (1996–2000) (Appeared and sang the theme song in the opening credits)
Batman & Robin (1997)
Duckman (1997) Season 4 Episode 2: 'Coolio Runnings'
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997)
Muppets Tonight (1997)
The Nanny – The TV Series Episode: Homie Work (1998)
On the Line (1998)
Malcolm & Eddie Season 3 'Daddio' (1999)
Early Edition Season 3 'Number one with a bullet' (1999)
Leprechaun: In The Hood (2000)
Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth (2000)
The Convent (2000)
China Strike Force (2000)
Dope Case Pending (2000)
Get Over It (2001)
In Pursuit (2001)
Static Shock (2002)
Stealing Candy (2002)
Charmed Season 4 'Lazarus Demon' (2002)
Daredevil (2003) (Scenes deleted, restored in 2005 Director's Cut)
Tapped Out (2003)
Red Water (2003)
A Wonderful Night in Split (2004)
Dracula 3000 (2004)
Ravedactyl: Project Evolution (2005); short film
Gang Warz (2006)
Grad Night (2006)
Three Days to Vegas (2007)
Futurama: Bender's Big Score, as Kwanzaa-bot
I Am Somebody: No Chance in Hell (2008) (original title: Chinaman's Chance)
Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off (2012)
Gravity Falls As a wax-figure cameo
Celebrity Wife Swap Husband
Awards and nominations
Coolio awards and nominations
[hide]Awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
American Music Awards
MTV Video Music Awards
Awards won 5
Coolio's 1995 song "Gangsta's Paradise" received several awards, including Best Rap Solo Performance at the Grammy Awards; and Best Rap Video and Best Video from a Film at the MTV Video Music Awards. Coolio himself has received several awards, including Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist at the American Music Awards in 1996. At the Grammy Awards in 1997, Coolio received three nominations: Best Rap Album for Gangsta's Paradise, Best Rap Solo Performance for "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)", and Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for "Stomp". Overall, Coolio has received five awards from thirteen nominations.
American Music Awards
The American Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973. Coolio has received one award from two nominations.
Year Recipient Award Result
1996 Coolio Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist Won
1997 Coolio Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Nominated
The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. Coolio has received one award from six nominations.
Year Recipient Award Result
1995 "Fantastic Voyage" Best Rap Solo Performance Nominated
1996 "Gangsta's Paradise" Best Rap Solo Performance Won
Record of the Year Nominated
1997 Gangsta's Paradise Best Rap Album Nominated
"1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" Best Rap Solo Performance Nominated
"Stomp" Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards
The MTV Video Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony established in 1984 by MTV. Coolio has received three awards from six nominations.
Year Recipient Award Result
1994 "Fantastic Voyage" Best Rap Video Nominated
1996 "Gangsta's Paradise" Best Rap Video Won
Best Video from a Film Won
Viewer's Choice Nominated
"1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" Best Dance Video Won
Best Male Video Nominated
Blair Bryson -Goast Bio
Goast was born into the world on March 16th, 1984 as native of the ever so popular Atlanta, Georgia.
He was 6 lbs and 9 ounces at birth and was given the name Blair Anthony Bryson by a pair of proud parents. Goast was born during a time when hip hop was still fresh and brand new to the world. Hip Hop did not start to gain any real commercial success until 1988 and 1989. At just the ripe age of 6 years old in late 1989 young Blair began to take notice of this new and fresh sound called RAP!
As the years progressed and young Blair got older; he went from listening to greats such as “The Sugar Hill Gang” and Young Mc to the likes of Public Enemy, Ice T, NWA, Ice Cube, Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg, OutKast, Tupac, and last but not least Biggie. During Blair’s youth both of his parents worked constantly to provide a decent home and living and kept Blair active in sports to help keep him grounded, teach him discipline and give him a strong work ethic! RAP was a great motivational tool in Blair’s preparation for the playing field. Bryson’s passion for RAP; which was now growing into the monster that we call HIP-HOP; was so strong that he began free styling and rapping in the locker room for his team mates before practice and games. Unfortunately Blair’s athletic career came to an end his freshman year of College at Morehouse University after a failed drug test in which he tested positive for Marijuana. With sports being over and not an option…it was hustle, work, and music for Blair!
In 2000 Bryson got an opportunity to move west to tour with his Uncle Coolio and help Coolio work on his 3rd major commercial album release titled “My Soul”. Blair was hooked from the tour and studio experience. When he returned to Los Angeles, California he went into the recording studio straight away. After 3 weeks of intense recording…Blair had finished his first demo. He gave his demo to Coolio and his manager at the time, and the two said it was merely just okay. After another year of touring and guest spotting on songs with the likes of yuck mouth, mac-10, E-40,The Goodie Mob, Big Boi from Outkast,and being dubbed Goast Smoke for his constant weed smoking and DOPE rhymes; Goast was ready to prove to the world of music he was ready.
Goast went back into the studio in 2004 to record his first commercial album titled “Dirty Emotionz”. The album was picked up by an independent label called X-plicit Records at the end of 2004 and was released in March of 2005 in the European market.
The album sold 250,000 copies and with Goast being the label’s only selling artist, the label had to shut down during the 3rd single of the album, putting Goast’s music on hold yet again.
After two more years of Touring and recording with various major artists on mix tapes and different projects, Goast decided to take his music game to the next level. He decided to use his connections to manage and book shows\concerts for himself and other artists as he formed his own music company Goast Entertainment LLC in February of 2007. Today Goast and Goast Entertainment LLC. Manage, Co-Manage, and book shows\concerts for the following artists: Big Boi from Outkast, Bubba Sparxxx, Coolio, David Banner, TREACH of Naughty By Nature, The Yin Yang Twins, as well as himself (Goast).
Goast’s 2010 -2012 projects include Coolio’s album “From The Bottom 2 Da Top” which he co wrote and co-produced. Coolio”s unplugged album which he is co-executive producer titled “Coolio Unplugged”. A Goast Mix-Tape titled “Scitz-O-Franik World” in which Goast wrote and produced the entire project and is the Executive Producer as well.
Goast’s 2013-2014 projects include 4 new singles from his upcoming Debut album in the US market titled “I AM ME” scheduled to drop March 16th, 2014. Coolios new I-Tunes single release “Get Rich” which features Goast dropped October of 2013. “THE MARS” mix tape featuring Las Vegas’s own Space Washington and hosted by DJ legend & DJ Academy member
At just 29 years old Goast continues to co-manage and handle show and concert bookings for all his artists while continuing to make music and close major deals to further his achievements and success level in Today’s music world! PLEASE share for a chance to win a pair of VIP passes to EPIC 2014!!