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.
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He explains how Stevie Wonder signed off on the sample usage, Wonder's involvement in their performance at the Billboard Music Awards, and the feud that sprung up between him and "Weird Al" Yankovic after the parodist released his "Amish Paradise" spoof. I'm really excited to speak with you. We have a big anniversary this week. We are coming up on the 25th anniversary of "Gangsta's Paradise," which came out August 8, And it was the biggest single of the entire year. So I guess the obvious question to start with was, did you know what you had on your hands?
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.
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.