Gangsta's Paradise is the second studio album by rapper Coolio , released on November 21, It is Coolio's best-selling album, with over three million copies sold in the United States. The album produced three singles, which became hits: the title track which was first used in the film Dangerous Minds ,  released before Coolio's album , " 1, 2, 3, 4 Sumpin' New ", and " Too Hot ". Three songs were released as singles. The album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Album. Spin gave the album 8 out of 10, and said, "Today's rappers aren't interested in sharing any knowledge with outsiders. Coolio is the great exception Even upon first listen, it sounds like a collection of hits. Entertainment Weekly ranked the album 4 on EW's Top 10 Albums of , and said, "The level-headed street philosopher, preaching respect for black women, fatherly responsibility, and safe sex
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The single soared to the top of the pop charts in 16 countries, including the U. The song also went on to sell over 3 million copies in the U. Everybody used to come to our house all the time — it was a hangout spot. Rasheed: Paul was a DJ. He had a record collection and I had a record collection, so we used to see who could pull the hottest sample out. That whole choir that you hear was actually me — I did all the parts from soprano down to tenor to the bass.
The song was released on Coolio's album of the same name , as well as the soundtrack for the film Dangerous Minds. It samples the chorus and instrumentation of Stevie Wonder 's song " Pastime Paradise ". The song was listed at number 85 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All-Time  and number one biggest selling single of on U. The song has sold over 5 million copies in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany alone,    and at least 6 million worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. Coolio has performed this song live at the Billboard Music Awards with L. The artists co-wrote the song with its producer Doug Rasheed, with Stevie Wonder receiving writing credits for the sampling of his song " Pastime Paradise " from his album Songs in the Key of Life. The song begins with a line from Psalm : "As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death", but then diverges with: "I take a look at my life and realize there's nothin' left. Due to the sampling of Stevie Wonder's music, "Gangsta's Paradise" is one of the few Coolio tracks that does not contain any profanity , as Wonder himself would not allow it. Coolio said, "I had a few vulgarities So I changed it.