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‘GANGSTA’S PARADISE’ RAPPER, COOLIO DEAD AT 59

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Artis Leon Ivey Jr., known professionally as Coolio, was an American rapper, record producer, and actor. Coolio achieved mainstream success in the mid-to-late 1990s with his albums It Takes a Thief, Gangsta's Paradise, and My Soul.

Coolio, who shot to fame after releasing global hits such as “GangSta’s Paradise” and “C U When You Get There” has died at 59.

Coolio

The rapper who achieved huge success in the 90s died on Wednesday 28 September in Los Angeles while visiting a friend.

Coolio’s longtime manager, Jarez, revealed that he was found dead in the bathroom, lying on the floor. According to Jarez, Coolio went to the bathroom at his friend’s house, but when he didn’t come after a while, the friend kept calling for him but there was no response. And eventually he went in and found him dead on the floor.

The friend called EMTs, who arrived and pronounced Coolio dead. According to Jarez, paramedics suspect he suffered cardiac arrest. An official cause of death has not been confirmed.

Coolio and Snoop Dogg

Coolio, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., came up on the Los Angeles rap scene in the late 80# but blew up globally in 1995 when he released “Gangsta’s Paradise” for the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer film, “Dangerous Minds.”

The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for three weeks.

Paradise became his signature hit, including 1994’s “Fantastic Voyage”, which hit #3 on Billboard’s 100, as well as “1,2,3,4 (Sumotin’ New)” and “It’s All the Way Live (Now)”

GangSta’s Paradise became one of the most successful rap songs of all time. Aside topping on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, it was the No.1 single of 1995 in the United States for all genres.

And was a global hits topping the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand charts.

It was the second-best-selling of 1995 in the UK. At the 1996 Grammy Awards, the song won Coolio a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance.

“GangSta’s Paradise” opened the way for Coolio’s search for stardom. It was not meant to be included on one of Coolio’s studio album, but its success led to Coolio not only putting it on his next album but also making it the title track.

The song interpolates the chorus and music of the song “Pastime Paradise” by Stevie Wonder, which was recorded nearly 20 years earlier.

“GangSta’s Paradise” was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA and sold more than 2 million copies globally.

Coolio was born on August 1 1963 in Monessen Pennsylvania and later moved to Crompton, California. After attending Compton Community College, he worked as volunteer firefighter and security at the Los Angeles International Airport before becoming a rapper.

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MAVIN’S ‘OVERLOADING’, MOST TRENDING 2022 YOUTUBE MUSIC VIDEO

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Mavin Record Boss, Don Jazzy

YouTube has announced that Mavin Records’ ‘Overloading’ has emerged the most trending music video on Youtube for 2022.

Google’s Communications Manager for West Africa, Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

Kola-Ogunlade said other music videos on the most trending list are Rema’s ‘Calm Down’, Kizz Daniel and Tekno’s ‘Buga’, Asake’s ‘Sungba’, Burna Boy’s ‘Last Last’ and Skiibii’s ‘Baddest Boy’.

He highlighted others as Fireboy’s ‘Bandana’ and Asake’s ‘Peace Be Unto You’.

“YouTube unveiled lists ranking the top trending videos, music videos, shorts, and creators in Nigeria today.

“This year’s lists are reflective of the most important moments to unfold in 2022 on and offline, such as the performance video for Mavins’ Crayon, Ayra Starr, Ladipoe, Magixx and Boy Spyce’s song titled Overloading, episode 24 ‘Apocalypse of Selena Tested and Selina’, the Nollywood romantic comedy from Uduak Isong TV.

“Every year, the YouTube end-of-year top lists give us a glimpse into what people in Nigeria were most curious about.

“YouTube is the place where everyone comes to see what has and is happening in the world while participating in, and having an impact on today’s culture,” he said.

Kola-Ogunlade listed the top most trending videos as Selina Tested Selina, Best Friends in The World episode 1, Olukoti, 100 Days Building a Modern Underground Hunt with a Grass Roof and a Swimming Pool.

He identified others as Tegwolo and Mama Tegwolo Compilation Part 1, Cultists Clashes with OBO, Innocent Housemaid, Obsession and Cultists Number One.

Kola-Ogunlade stated that the most trending top shorts were ‘She Use Witchcraft to Take Our Money’, ‘Everyone Will Relate to This’, ‘Social Experiment’, ‘He Got His Daddy Back’, ‘Mummy GO addressed Tiwa Savage’ and ‘Granny Knocked in my Home’.

According to him, others include Kiss Daniel’s ‘Buga’, Traffic in Lagos Nigeria, Children Poor Prank and Amapiano Groovist.

“The top trending videos list is based on a range of factors beyond just views that indicate how ‘trending’ a video really is.

“The YouTube culture and trends team also consider engagement and looks at signals like shares and likes of a certain video.

“YouTube announced that YouTube Shorts are being watched by over 1.5B logged-in users every month and averaging over 30 billion daily views.

“YouTube paid more than $50billion to creators, artistes, and media companies in the three years before June 2022.

“More than two million people participate in YouTube’s partnerships programme around the world,” he said.

According to him, YouTube’s subscription services, YouTube Premium and YouTube Music, now have more than 80 million users, around the world.

Kola-Ogunlade listed the top most trending creators as Real OGB Recent, Oga Sabinus, Neptune3studio, Official Broda Shaggi, Brain Jotter Comedian, House of Ajebo, Taaooma’s Cabin, Kiekie TV, MSA and Officer Woos.

He said the most trending breakout creators on YouTube were Neptune3studio, Shank Comics, Double Ds Twins, Kiriku Official TV, Stylebyreme, Bimbo Ademoye TV, Adam W, The Geng, Nurses Lecture Room and Wakawaka_Doctor.

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I’M STILL UP-AND-COMING, WIZKID DECLARES

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Afrobeats star, Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid

Despite garnering several local and international awards in over 10 years of his career, Afrobeats star, Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, still considers himself an up-and-coming artiste.

In an interview with 10 Magazine published on Thursday, the hit maker spoke at length on his blooming music career and bigger steps he planned on taking in future.

The Grammy winner mentioned that he has plans to take his label, Starboy Entertainment, to the levels of Roc Nation, Ovo, Universal, Sony, and RCA.

When asked about things he still planned to achieve as an entertainer of his calibre, the self-acclaimed Big Wiz stated that he didn’t feel “accomplished” despite the heights he has attained.

“I’m an up-and-coming artist,” he replied. “I don’t think I will ever feel like an accomplished artist or person, because I see life so different, you know? I still have a lot of work to do.”

However, the singer did not hesitate to boast about the influence of the Afrobeats genre in the current global music scene, and also took a dig at rappers in the same breath.

To him, the rap genre is “dead” as most rappers release songs with the same sounds.

“Afrobeats is the new pop. I sold two million copies in America off of one song! Even some American artists don’t have a diamond record. If I’m being honest, I don’t listen to any other genre of music anymore.”

“I don’t listen to rap. That shit is boring to me. It’s dead now. It’s tired. These guys do the same shit, rap on the same beats, same flows.

“No disrespect to nobody. I don’t have anything against rap or any other type of music. I have a lot of rappers as friends, like a lot. So I’m probably the wrong person to say this,” he said.

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TOKE MAKINWA ROBBED IN LONDON

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Television host, Toke Makinwa

Television host, Toke Makinwa has revealed that she was robbed of her valuables in London.

The incident happened after she recently attended the white wedding of Nollywood actress, Rita Dominic and her husband, Fidelis Anosike, in North Yorkshire, England.

Toke revealed the robbery incident on her Snapchat page three days after the wedding.

She stated that the burglars had taken her belongings, adding that she was left confused and puzzled as to how such an incident could have happened to her.

She wrote: “Just got robbed in London… I’m speechless. All my valuables are gone. Gosh! How could this happen to me.”

Earlier this week, Nigerian singer, Yemi Alade, also bemoaned being robbed on her Instagram page after travelling to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, to perform over the weekend.

She claimed the burglars broke into her hotel room, searched through her possessions, and stole every last dollar they could find.

She wrote: “A few minutes after I left my room, some unknown people decided to go through my things and steal all the money they could find, very good.”

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