Coolio on Turning 50: "The Average Lifespan of a Black Male Was 22 in My Neighborhood"

His name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., though he's better known by his stage moniker, Coolio. And in just a few days, the Grammy-winning pop culture icon will defy the odds for a 28th straight year.

Coolio turns 50 on August 1.

"I grew up during a time when the average lifespan of a black male was 22 in my neighborhood," he says. "I'm 28 years past due, bro. And I'm happy 'bout that."

As well he should be.

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