No one can predict just how well a great song will perform in future years and that can be applied a million times over for Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise.” Released in 1995 for the Dangerous Minds’ soundtrack, the song has taken on a pop culture significance that honestly does match the track’s hard aesthetic. Twenty years later, the OG Compton rapper is still eating off the fruits of its labor.
Actress Brittany Snow recently stopped by stopped The Ellen Show to promote Pitch Perfect 2 and admitted that “Gangsta’s Paradise” was her “go-to” song. In all her Anglo-Saxon glory, she performed the Grammy Award-winning hit to prove there were no boundaries the song couldn’t eclipse.
Flip through the gallery below to see all the other places Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” popped over the years where you least expected it to.