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Coolio

Gangster Paradise

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play(Michelle) You wanna tell me what this is all about?

playAs I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
playI take a look at my life
playand realize there's nothing left
playcoz I've been blastin and laughin so long, that
playeven my mama thinks that my mind is gone
playbut I ain't never crossed a man that didn't deserve it
playme be treated like a punk you know that's unheard of
playyou better watch how you're talking,
playand where you're walking
playor you and your homies might be lined in chalk
playI really hate to trip but i gotta, loc
playAs I Grow I see myself in the pistol smoke, fool
playI'm the kinda G the little homies wanna be like
playon my knees in the night,
playsaying prayers in the streetlight

playbeen spending most their lives,
playliving in the gangsta's paradise
playbeen spending most their lives,
playliving in the gangsta's paradise
playkeep spending most our lives,
playliving in the gangsta's paradise
playkeep spending most our lives,
playliving in the gangsta's paradise

playThey got the situation, they got me facin'
playI can't live a normal life,
playI was raised by the stripes
playso I gotta be down with the hood team
playtoo much television watching got me chasing dreams
playI'm an educated fool with money on my mind
playgot my 10 in my hand and a gleam in my eye
playI'm a loc'd out gangsta set trippin' banger
playand my homies is down
playso don't arouse my anger, fool
playdeath ain't nothing but a heartbeat away
playI'm living life, do or die, what can I say
playI'm 23 now, but will I live to see 24
playthe way things are going I don't know

playTell me why are we, so blind to see
playThat the one's we hurt, are you and me

playbeen spending most their lives,
playliving in the gangsta's paradise
playbeen spending most their lives,
playliving in the gangsta's paradise
playKeep spending most our lives,
playliving in the gangsta's paradise
playKeep spending most our lives,
playliving in the gangsta's paradise

playPower and the money, money and the power
playminute after minute, hour after hour
playeverybody's running,
playbut half of them ain't looking
playwhat's going on in the kitchen,
playbut I don't know what's kickin'
playthey say I gotta learn,
playbut nobody's here to teach me
playif they can't undersstand it,
playhow can they reach me
playI guess they can't,
playI guess they won't
playI guess they front,
playthat's why I know my life is out of luck, fool

playbeen spending most their lives,
playliving in the gangsta's paradise
playbeen spending most their lives,
playliving in the gangsta's paradise
playKeep spending most our lives,
playliving in the gangsta's paradise
playKeep spending most our lives,
playliving in the gangsta's paradise
playTell me why are we, so blind to see
playThat the one's we hurt, are you and me
playTell me why are we, so blind to see
playThat the one's we hurt, are you and me

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meaningMeaning

Coolio’s song “Gangsta’s Paradise” is a testimonial of what life is like for an African-American male growing up in the ghetto. Such problems were real life issues for Coolio himself being born and raised in Compton, California.


"As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death/I take a look at my life and I see there's nothing left" — I freestyled that; that came off the top of the dome and I wrote that down. I thought about it for a minute, and then I wrote the whole rest of the song without stopping, from the first verse to the third verse. You know, I like to believe that it was divine intervention. "Gangsta's Paradise" wanted to be born; it wanted to come to life, and it chose me as the vessel.

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Blast

To blast is to have a wild time, partying and all that.


My mind has gone

I am crazy, insane


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