Gangstas Paradise Lyrics

gangstas paradise lyrics - coolio
gangstas paradise lyrics – coolio

Gangsta’s Paradise an iconic hip-hop masterpiece by Coolio, captivates listeners with its powerful lyrics and soul-stirring beats.

Released in 1995, this timeless anthem immerses us in a gritty narrative, exploring the harsh realities of inner-city life and the pursuit of redemption.

Gangstas Paradise Lyrics

Verse 1

As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I take a look at my life and realize there’s nothin’ left
‘Cause I’ve been blastin’ and laughin’ so long that
Even my momma thinks that my mind is gone
But I ain’t never crossed a man that didn’t deserve it
Me be treated like a punk, you know that’s unheard of
You better watch how ya talkin’ and where you walkin’
Or you and your homies might be lined in chalk
I really hate to trip, but I gotta loc
As they croak, I see myself in the pistol smoke, fool
I’m the kinda G the little homies wanna be like
On my knees in the night, sayin’ prayers in the streetlight

Chorus

We’ve been spendin’ most their lives livin’ in the gangsta’s paradise
We’ve been spendin’ most their lives livin’ in the gangsta’s paradise
We keep spendin’ most our lives livin’ in the gangsta’s paradise
We keep spendin’ most our lives livin’ in the gangsta’s paradise

Verse 2

Look at the situation they got me facin’
I can’t live a normal life, I was raised by the state
So I gotta be down with the hood team
Too much television watchin’ got me chasin’ dreams
I’m a educated fool with money on my mind
Got my ten in my hand and a gleam in my eye
I’m a loc’d out gangsta, set trippin’ banger
And my homies is down, so don’t arouse my anger, fool
Death ain’t nothin’ but a heartbeat away
I’m livin’ life do-or-die, what can I say?
I’m 23 now, but will I live to see 24?
The way things is goin’, I don’t know

Refrain

Tell me why are we so blind to see
That the ones we hurt are you and me?

Chorus

We’ve been spendin’ most their lives livin’ in the gangsta’s paradise
We’ve been spendin’ most their lives livin’ in the gangsta’s paradise
We keep spendin’ most our lives livin’ in the gangsta’s paradise
We keep spendin’ most our lives livin’ in the gangsta’s paradise

Verse 3

Power and the money, money and the power
Minute after minute, hour after hour
Everybody’s runnin’, but half of them ain’t lookin’
It’s goin’ on in the kitchen, but I don’t know what’s cookin’
They say I gotta learn, but nobody’s here to teach me
If they can’t understand it, how can they reach me?
I guess they can’t, I guess they won’t, I guess they front
That’s why I know my life is out of luck, fool

Chorus

We’ve been spendin’ most their lives livin’ in the gangsta’s paradise
We’ve been spendin’ most their lives livin’ in the gangsta’s paradise
We keep spendin’ most our lives livin’ in the gangsta’s paradise
We keep spendin’ most our lives livin’ in the gangsta’s paradise

Refrain

Tell me, why are we so blind to see
That the ones we hurt are you and me?
Tell me, why are we so blind to see
That the ones we hurt are you and me?

Facts About Gangstas Paradise Lyrics

FactDescription
Song TitleGangsta’s Paradise
ArtistCoolio (featuring L.V.)
Album“Gangsta’s Paradise” (soundtrack for the film “Dangerous Minds”)
Release DateAugust 8, 1995
GenreHip-hop, Gangsta rap
SongwritersArtis Ivey Jr. (Coolio), Doug Rasheed, Stevie Wonder
ProducerDoug Rasheed
Length4 minutes and 1 second
Sampled From“Pastime Paradise” by Stevie Wonder
Chart PerformanceReached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and multiple international charts
Awards and AccoladesWon Grammy Awards for Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group; nominated for an MTV Video Music Award; featured on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs”

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