Female Vocalist & Band Perform 'Speakeasy Jazz Version' Of Coolio's 'Gangsta's Paradise'

March 12, 2015


This is a video of Robyn Adele Anderson and the Postmodern Jukebox band performing a 1920's version of Coolio's 1995 hit 'Gangsta's Paradise'. It's almost hard to believe that almost 90 years later the quality of popular music is at an all time low. You know the kind of shit my little sister listens to? You know how many of her CD's I've broken? CD's -- what is this, the 90's? I don't even have a little sister. My point is this: stop listening to garbage. All good music falls into one of two categories: jazz, or Wu-Tang. I'm kidding, there's tons of good music out there, listen to whatever you want. Just not so loud everyone around you has to listen to it too. Remember: if you're one of the people who thinks they're on the cutting edge of good music and have better taste than all your friends, you're probably a jerk, and possibly a sociopath. Why no, as a matter of fact I haven't heard the latest from Cats F***ing Dogs. And you say you were into them and saw them on tour before they ever got signed?! Tell you what -- I'm going to go get a beer now and never come back.

Keep going for this video as well as Coolio's original because nostalgia.

Thanks to hairless, who, if you are a dog or a cat, are welcome over anytime.


    Speaking as someone who was brought up on the original, I can quite safely say that, as an independent white male, there is nothing about this reimagining that brings anything of value to the table except the element of "hey! we can do this thing!".

    However, I am glad that a talented white woman somewhere out there finally took it upon herself to exhibit the moxy that was somewhat lacking in the original delivery. Bravo, white women covering ethnic musical pieces! Your classical training will drag us, one and all, into the bronze age. Please do give yourself a pat upon the back for bringing to our collective attentions this thing that was wildly popular some time ago.



    Addendum: if it please the court, note how many times the eyewear of the proud african-descended gentleman be forcibly removed from his face I REST MY CASE

  • Job Genders

    This is awesome, thanks. I just bought two of their albums on itunes! Previously i bought some albums from Pentatonix, check them out as well...

  • GeneralDisorder

    I've always thought the entire Obsolete album by Fear Factory would work well covered by a swing band. I'm kind of surprised how well Coolio works in this style.

  • BeastmanAIDS

    Dat lady Ray Romano voice.

  • Jason Christopher

    This seems like something right out of the Bioshock series. I love it.

  • randalator

    Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox actually provided period versions of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World", "Tainted Love", "After You've Gone" and "Shiny Happy People" for Bioshock Infinite.

  • Jason Christopher

    Oh, awesome. That explains it, then!
    Did they also do "Fortunate Son" for Infinite? I assume so. Really, really cool.
    Edit: Actually, I don't think there was a full band version of Fortunate Son in the game. Just a scene of a single woman singing it during the revolution towards the end.

  • DeathBotGamma

    Weird Al's is still tops.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Yep! I like more her version. Musics turned into bossa nova are interesting too.

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