"'Gangsta’s Paradise' wanted to be born; it wanted to come to life, and it chose me as the vessel." - Coolio
''When we sent the demo to Stevie Wonder, he rejected it. I had a few vulgarities... and he wasn't with that. So I changed it. Once he heard it, he thought it was incredible." - Coolio
''I came in singing “Pastime Paradise,” but then I changed it up to “Gangsta’s Paradise.” I did my parts, all the vocals and the chorus, and I did the choir. That whole choir that you hear was actually me — I did all the parts from soprano down to tenor to the bass. Doug and I were like, “Man, who can we get to rap on the song?” I asked my homeboy Prodeje from South Central Cartel to do it, and Prodeje told me, “Man, you should do it by yourself!” I said, “No, I want a rapper on it!” Prodeje didn’t get on the song, so I thought of Coolio.'' - L.V.