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My Soul

Coolio Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (11 Aug 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tommy Boy
  • ASIN: B0000264LJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,103 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Compton-born Artis Ivey Jr was well into his 30s by the time he made it big. Having served his time in old-skool rap acts like WC and The MAAD Circle since 1979, his breakthrough finally arrived in 1993 with the jubilant party anthem "Fantastic Voyage", but it was the Stevie Wonder-sampling "Gangsta's Paradise" which made Coolio a worldwide name, selling 4 million copies (the biggest-selling rap record in history) and earning him a Grammy.

The fact that success came so late to Coolio was audible in every groove. The mello yello melodies and rubbery basslines had more in common with the phat-bottomed P-funk he grew up on than the G-funk that was in vogue. And his been-there, done-that maturity showed too, especially on this, his third album, with cautionary tales about crack and guns. My Soul is littered with the obligatory guest spots from the likes of G-funk crooner Montell Jordan, rapper Ras Krass, Coolio protegés 40 Thevz and legendary soul harmonists The Dramatics, and sometimes bizarre samples. "Ooh La La"--which lifts from Grace Jones' "Pull Up To The Bumper" to superb effect--makes perfect sense, but the biggest hit here is an unfortunate relic from the rap/classical crossover fad which gripped the world in late 1997: "C U When U Get There", based on Pachelbel's "Canon In D", might be a little too saccharine for some tastes. -- Simon Price

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 July 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad 30 April 2001
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When i got this album i x-pected sumthin a bit more hard core. there is a few good tracks: Devil is dope and the well known C U When U Get There. My Soul's worth a listen and is good addition to my collection. Must have 4 n e Coolio fan
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If you are the sort of person who likes a bit of rough rap but also some more pop-like rap then this is for you. There are a few phat tracks to bump in your car like "2 Minutes & 21 Seconds of Funk" and "Hit 'Em" where the heavy bass-line will please hard-core rap fans. "My Soul" and "C U When You Get There" are also very good if you like a bit of a melody to your rap and somewhat meaningful lyrics in the latter make it a more serious addition to the album. There are several funky tunes that while not that great, make good "padding" to fill out the album - "One Mo", "Throwdown 2000", "Nature of the business". The "Devil is Dope" is also pretty good. A few of the tracks like "Ooh La La" and "Homeboy" let the album down slightly, hence it is not 5 stars.
Overall, some hard-core beats, a few good melodies when you are in a chilled-out mood and some funky tunes make a great album let down only by a few flops.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this was really good 26 Aug 2002
By Sherance M. Brothers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
heard this cd back in da day you8 gotta be a west coast raphead to really enjoy this and by the time this was released the rap game changed that's why it was slept on but still coolio brings you the street stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Soul 5 Mar 2001
By Dan Mills - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album really rocks! Coolio knows where its at still and i wish people would give the man some respect. Every track has a meaning and every joint is good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coolio at his best 22 Aug 2012
By Justin Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"Gangsta's Paradise" is easily Coolio's most recgonizable song and his most acclaimed album by critics and mainstream outlets. But "My Soul" is among his best work, along with "It Takes A Thief".

You can essentially break down Coolio's albums in this manner.

Step 1: Disregard the singles when judging how good the album is. He always puts out good singles, but critics and casual rap fans tend to judge his album solely on the singles.

Step 2: Compare the rest of the songs (the songs that bandwagon fans consider to be filler)

My Soul's singles weren't as outstanding as his previous singles, which could be a good thing. Not necessarily a good thing for the record company or for Coolio's career/pay-day. But it allows the listener to get deeper into the album without distraction.

The best songs:
.2 Minutes & 21 Seconds Of Funk
.One Mo (the voice-box hook is perfect)
.The Devil Is Dope
.Hit Em
.Knight Falls
.Ooh La La
.Can U Dig It?
.Can I Get Down 1X
.C U When U Get There (not my favorite Coolio song by any means, but it grows on you)

^I listed about half of the album, and the other songs might be your preference...that's how consistent the album is. It really is some of his best work. I prefer "It Takes A Thief" for it's funk influence. However, you should definitelly check this out. Don't let the fact that it wasn't a huge commercial success scare you away, you'd be robbing yourself of a great album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars VERY AVERAGE 29 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album when it first came out.And the songs got very old very fast.I wouldn't recomend this one unless you really like coolio.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad...but not his best 18 Jun 2012
By JON WATSON - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Coolio tries hard and it is tough to identify what he is as a rapper, he delivers hard at times, and then messages of warning and then some pop...ok album
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