Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and MC Hammer are among the big names in the rap industry who have paid tribute to Coolio following news of his death.
he US rapper, best known for his 1995 hit Gangsta’s Paradise, was remembered for his “grind” and has been described as “one of the nicest dudes.”
His manager confirmed his death at the age of 59 to several US media on Wednesday.
Snoop Dogg referenced the world-famous track in his own tribute, writing: “Gangstas Paradise. REST IN PEACE.”
He also shared a picture of the pair on Instagram, posing on the set of the music video for their track Gangsta Walk, released in 2006.
Former NWA star Ice Cube said he witnessed Coolio’s “grinding to the top of the industry” in his own tribute.
“This is sad news,” the rapper and actor wrote on Twitter.
“I saw firsthand how this man rose to the forefront of the industry. Rest In Peace @Coolio.”
MC Hammer described Coolio as “one of the nicest guys I know”.
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“Good people. RIP Coolio,” he wrote, sharing a black and white picture of the rapper and later posting a second picture of the couple along with Tupac and Snoop Dogg.
Questlove also shared a black and white picture of the rapper on Instagram and wrote, “Peaceful journey bro.”
New York rapper Flava Flav also lamented the loss of Coolio, writing, “Coolio was the West Coast Flavor Flav,,, he loved saying that to everyone.
“We should perform together this Tuesday. RIP my friend.
“Rest in gangsta paradise my friend.”
Gangsta’s Paradise was also parodied as Amish Paradise by US musical comedian Weird Al Yankovic, who also paid tribute to the rapper in a brief social media tribute.
He shared a picture of the couple hugging and wrote, “RIP Coolio.”
Among those who immediately responded to the reports was US rapper Vanilla Ice, who said he “freaked out” after hearing the news.
“I’m freaking out, I just heard my good friend Coolio passed away,” the rapper, whose real name is Robert Matthew Van Winkle, wrote on Twitter.
In his own online tribute, US rapper LL Cool J wrote: “Rest in power my brother. @Coolio love and respect”.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/snoop-dogg-ice-cube-and-mc-hammer-among-rap-stars-paying-tribute-to-coolio-42025629.html Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and MC Hammer are among the rap stars paying tribute to Coolio