Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio featuring L.V. (1995)
Born Artis Ivey, Jr., this American rapper issued this worldwide hit that topped the charts in 13 countries. It turned out to be *the* biggest hit of 1995, and it set a high bar Coolio hasn’t been able to match since. He’s since diversified beyond music and become a regular performer on television and in films. His eighth and most recent studio album was released in 2009.