Daté de fin 1995, l’album Gangsta’s paradise de Coolio a connu son succès grâce au titre éponyme, chanson phare du film Esprits Rebelles (Dangerous Minds en VO), dont voici le clip vidéo.

Paroles de Coolio – Gangsta’s paradise :

As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I take a look at my life and realize there’s nothing left
’cause I’ve been blastin’ and laughing so long, that
even my mama thinks that my mind is gone

but I ain’t never crossed a man that didn’t deserve it
he be treated like a punk you know that’s unheard of
you better watch how you’re talking, and where you’re walking 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 that little homies wanna be like
on my knees in the night, saying prayers in the streetlight

They’ve been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta’s paradise
They’ve been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta’s paradise
We keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta’s paradise
We keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta’s paradise

They got the situation, they got me facin’
I can’t live a normal life, I was raised by the street
so I gotta be down with the hood team
too much television watchin’ got me chasin’ dreams

I’m an educated fool with money on my mind
got my 10 in my hand and a gleam in my eye
I’m a loced-out gangsta, set-trippin banger
and my homies is down so don’t arouse my anger, fool

death ain’t nothing but a heartbeat away,
I’m living life, do or die, what can I say?
I’m twenty-three now, but will I live to see twenty-fo’?
the way things are going I don’t know

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

They’ve been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta’s paradise
They’ve been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta’s paradise
We keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta’s paradise
We keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta’s paradise

Power and the money, money and the power
minute after minute, hour after hour
everybody’s running, but half of them ain’t looking
what’s going 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

They’ve been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta’s paradise
They’ve been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta’s paradise
We keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta’s paradise
We keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta’s paradise

Tell me why are we, so blind to see
That the one’s we hurt, are you and me
Tell me why are we, so blind to see
That the one’s we hurt, are you and me

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