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Artis Ivey, 1 August 1963, Compton, Los Angeles, California, USA. Boasting a long, though infrequently recorded, career in hip-hop, rapper Coolios career finally took off after attending rehabilitation classes in an attempt to kick his cocaine habit. Coolio started making music again with WC And The MADD Circle, contributing to their 1991 release, Aint A Damn Thang Changed (he would also perform on one track on their belated follow-up, 1995s Curb Servin). He then joined the 40 Thevz, a hip-hop community made up of producers, rappers and dancers who would collaborate with him on all his recordings. Along with his friend DJ Bryan Wino Dobbs, Coolio signed to Tommy Boy Records who released the single County Line about his experiences on welfare assistance. Fantastic Voyage, based on Lakesides 1980 hit, became a Top 5 single, and Coolios profile was further enhanced by an autumn tour with R&B...