Misc. info: He was a firefighter for 1 1/2 years in CA for the Dept of forestry. He is married and has 6 kids. Coolio enjoys snow boarding and golfing in his spare time. He is also dedicated to giving to charity and supporting our troops.Born Artis Ivey, Jr. in Los Angeles in August 1963, rapper Coolio first began performing while in high school during the late '70s. Though he came from an underprivileged background, Coolio never joined a gang or got involved in serious crime, concentrating instead on his musical and lyrical skills. Working with DJ Bryan "Wino" Dobbs, Coolio recorded his debut album, It Takes a Thief, in 1994; the record became an instant hit, going platinum on the strength of the No. 3 single "Fantastic Voyage." His 1995 follow-up, Gangsta's Paradise, whose title track was the biggest rap single of the year, solidified Coolio's status as one of the biggest rap stars of the '90s. His latest album, My Soul, was released in August 1997.