Rapper Coolio, who dominated the music industry in the 1990s with singles like "Gangsta's Paradise" and "Fantastic Voyage," has passed away. 

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Coolio passed away on Wednesday at the age of 59 in the late afternoon local time in Los Angeles, according to his friend and manager Jarez Posey.

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The events' specifics weren't immediately known. According to a biography on his official website, Coolio was raised in Compton, California.

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He remembered getting involved in the drug culture but emerging from it by pursuing a career as a firefighter in a 1994 interview with the Los Angeles Times.

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In the 1980s, he started his rap career and rose to stardom in the underground scene. The first song that really made him famous was "Fantastic Voyage." 

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His celebrity power increased dramatically after the release of "Gangsta's Paradise," arguably his biggest song, which was featured on the "Dangerous Minds" album. 

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In 1996, he received a Grammy for the song. The song received a historic one billion views on YouTube in July 2022.

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According to his website, Coolio sold more than 17 million records throughout his career. 

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Which contained hip-hop music inspired by the Cartoon Network cartoon series performed by a variety of artists.

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Coolio took use of his status as a relic in recent years by appearing on programs like "Celebrity Cook Off" and "Celebrity Chopped" on television.

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In 2008, he also had a program called "Coolio's Rules" air on Oxygen.