On August 8 “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio was released…

On August 8, 1995 Coolio released the hit single “Gangsta’s Paradise.”

The song, featured in the 1995 soundtrack to the film “Dangerous Minds,” has become Coolio’s signature song, being both a critical and commercial success. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, selling over 5.7 million copies worldwide, and being the number-one selling single of 1995. Furthermore, Coolio received various honors for the song, including a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance and two MTV Video Music Awards.

The music video to the song starred Michelle Pfeiffer, who starred in “Dangerous Minds” :

Additional accolades include it being ranked as number 38 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop,” and number 69 on Billboard’s “Greatest Songs of all Time.”

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