Following the sad news that Grammy-winning rap legend Coolio had died Wednesday just 59 years old, his peers and admirers in hip hop and Hollywood paid tribute to the rapper.
The rapper, born Artis Leon Ivey Jr., had recently played the 2022 Riot Festival and had shows lined up in the coming weeks, and his death came a shock to fans and friends alike.
Fellow west coast hip hop legend Ice Cube honored Coolie’s “grind to the top of the industry.”
— Ice Cube (@icecube) September 29, 2022
LL Cool J expressed his “love & respect” for the “Fantastic Voyage” hitmaker.
“Heartbroken to hear of the passing of the gifted artist @coolio. A life cut entirely too short. As some of you may know I was lucky enough to work with him on Dangerous Minds in 1995. He won a Grammy for his brilliant song on the soundtrack – which I think was the reason our film saw so much success. I remember him being nothing but gracious. 30 years later I still get chills when I hear the song. Sending love and light to his family. Rest in Power, Artis Leon Ivey Jr,” “Dangerous Minds” star Michelle Pfeiffer said in a statement posted to Instagram.
The Roots drummer Questlove wished the rapper a “peaceful journey.”
MC Hammer remembered him as “one of the nicest dudes I’ve known.”
One of the nicest dudes I’ve known.
Good people. R.I.P. Coolio
— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) September 29, 2022
Public Enemy hype man Flava Flav said Coolio was “the West Coast Flava Flav” and lamented that the pair were set to perform together next week.
Coolio was the West Coast Flavor Flav,,, He loved telling everyone that. We was supposed to perform together this Tuesday. #RIP my friend.
— FLAVOR FLAV (@FlavorFlav) September 29, 2022
Punk legend — and a hip hop pioneer herself — Debbie Harry also paid tribute.
Rest in power Coolio
— Debbie Harry/BLONDIE (@BlondieOfficial) September 29, 2022
Vanilla Ice said he was “freaking out” over the loss of “my good friend.”
I’m freaking out I just heard my good friend Coolio passed away.
— Vanilla Ice (@vanillaice) September 29, 2022
“Weird” Al Yankovic, who had a hit of his own with “Amish Paradise,” a parody of “Gangsta’s Paradise,” simply said “RIP Coolio,” along with the two of them hugging.
Poison lead singer Bret Michaels called the rapper an “awesome guy who will be missed.”
My deepest condolences go out to the family, friends & fans on the loss of @Coolio. This photo from when we did @ABCNetwork #GreatestHits together. Awesome guy who will be missed. #Coolio pic.twitter.com/tBurdvSiuE
— Bret Michaels (@bretmichaels) September 29, 2022
See more tributes below:
My deepest condolences and prayers go out to the family of @Coolio
— Martin Lawrence (@realmartymar) September 29, 2022
— TitusWelliver (@welliver_titus) September 29, 2022
Rip coolio the legend
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) September 29, 2022
RIP Coolio, whose one massive hit overshadowed a formidable run of classic West Coast bangers. An original member of the Maad Circle & Compton representative – with an undeniable star quality, humor, charisma, and a gift for making street tales mainstream without sanitizing them pic.twitter.com/DEyMqEOJfs
— Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) September 29, 2022
Rest in power @Coolio you were one of my favorites.
— Holly Marie Combs Ryan (@H_Combs) September 29, 2022