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Gangsta's Paradise
Gangsta's Paradise
Genre: Rap & Hip-Hop
 
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, t...  more »

      
   
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Title: Gangsta's Paradise
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Genre: Rap & Hip-Hop
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UPC: 008815510424

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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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The Highlight Of Coolio's Career (Rating: 7 out of 10- -3.5
Chandler | Atlanta (College Park), Georgia | 03/07/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"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. Unfortunately back then this album was played into the ground, and people were tired of Coolio (which might explain why his next album My Soul didn't sell like he wanted to). I wouldn't necessarly call Coolio a gangsta rapper. He just happened to be from the west and blew up when gangsta rap was at it's peak. This album here is great and is being sold for a penny, and it's well worth your purchase. Peace.

Lyrics: B
Production: B
Guest Appearances: A-
Musical Vibes: B+

Top 5 Tracks:
1. Bright As The Sun (featuring Will Wheaton)
2. Gangsta's Paradise (featuring L.V.)
3. Get Up, Get Down (featuring 40 Thevz, Shorty, Ras Kass, and W.C.)
4. Exercize Yo Game (featuring E-40, Kam, and 40 Thevz)
5. Crusin' (featuring Malika)

Honorable Mention:
1. Too Hot
2. 1,2,3,4 (Sumpin' New)"
Great CD but watch out for expurgated version
RLR | Parker, CO | 02/03/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I bought a used copy of this CD. I thought it was very good except I got a version with all the "adult language" bleeped out! It was very frustrating and completely ruined most of the songs. I haven't listened to it since. Make sure you get the "Explicit Lyrics" version of this CD if you get it!"