1, 2, 3, 4 (SUMPIN’ NEW) by Coolio

January 13, 2023

Coolio singing in Angels jersey

“1, 2, 3, 4 (SUMPIN’ NEW)” by Coolio is the third single released from his 1995 album, Gangsta’s Paradise. The song is described as a funky and jumpy anthem that borrows a vocal sample from “Wikka Wrap” by the Evasions. It received instant success as it was a lighter and happier single than the previous releases. 

The music video features Jamie Foxx and Coolio attempting to get to a party and is riddled with humor. A second video featuring The Muppets was also released on The Disney Channel. The music video won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Dance Video. 

Fun Facts

  • “1, 2, 3, 4 (SUMPIN’ NEW)” was released on February 13, 1996, by the acclaimed American rapper Coolio.
  • The hit single was released as part of the Gangsta’s Paradise album, the second album Coolio released in 1995.
  • “1, 2, 3, 4 (SUMPIN’ NEW)” was initially titled “Sumpin’ New” and was collectively written by Artis Ivey Jr., Adrian Sear, and Tom Browne.
  • Coolio’s real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr. He first rose to fame while performing under the gangsta rap group WC and the Maad Circle.
  • His success as a solo act first came in the 1900s after releasing the single “It Takes A Thief” in 1994.
  • Rapper Coolio was born in Los Angeles, California, on August 1, 1963, and died on September 28, 2022, at 59.
  • Doctors suspected his cause of death was a catastrophic cardiac event.
  • “1, 2, 3, 4 (SUMPIN’ NEW)” did exceptionally well in the United States, New Zealand, Iceland, and France.

 

 

Lyrics 

This is some of the lingua franca of da funk business

And people come from miles around with an almost religious

Devotion to get on down

1 2 3 4 get your woman on the floor

Gotta gotta get up to get down

Gotta gotta get up to get down

1 2 3 4 get your woman on the floor

Gotta gotta get up to get down

Gotta gotta get up to get down

What up everybody, so glad you’re here

It’s Coolio wit’ the flow back in your ear

This ain’t the fantastic voyage, but I’m still on a mission

To see if I can get your attention

Now I want to drop some information

Just a little additive to your education

I live my life by the code of the funk

600 watt amps, 18’s in the trunk

When I’m on the street, you gotta feel my beat, so

Throw your hands up if you’re down with the C

Double O, L, I, O with the flow

I’m lookin’ for the party, so betta nigga know

1 2 3, it’s like A B C

If hip hop didn’t pay, I’d rap for free

Slide, slide, but that’s that past

I got sumpin’ brand new for that ass

1 2 3 4 get your woman on the floor

Gotta gotta get up to get down

Gotta gotta get up to get down

1 2 3 4 get your woman on the floor

Gotta gotta get up to get down

Gotta gotta get up to get down

If you got beefed, then nigga eat a porkchop

Once I get it goin’, you know it don’t stop

I break like antilocks, panties drop

From hood to hood, block to block

Help, I need somebody

To get it goin’ on in this party

Baby you can do it, take your time do it right

We can drink some liquor an’ do it all damn night

My name ain’t Wanda, but I’ll rock your world

Get more bounce than a jheri curl

Too many looky loos be lookin’ for clues

There’s a party goin’ on, now whatcha gonna do, so

Grab your partner, do si do

If you don’t know who it is, it’s Coolio

Slide, slide, but that’s the past

I got sumpin’ brand new for that ass

1 2 3 4 get your woman on the floor

Gotta gotta get up to get down

Gotta gotta get up to get down

1 2 3 4 get your woman on the floor

Gotta gotta get up to get down

Gotta gotta get up to get down

Push, push, in the bush

But don’t step on no toes cuz you might get smushed

It’s the brother from around the way

And what I say I been comin’ on three like Dr. Dre

Comin’ at ’em with pattern an’ a fresh pair of atoms

I hope you don’t trip cuz I don’t want to have to gat ’em

So move your body baby, drive the homeys crazy

The way you shake that ass, always amaze me

Ain’t no party like a West Coast party

Cuz a West Coast party don’t stop

So when you see a young nigga

In a Chevy hittin’ switches, then you gotta give the nigga his props

I got size in my rise and the motion for your ocean

Coolio got the potion to kick the party open

Slide, slide, but that’s the past

I got sumpin’ brand new for that ass

1 2 3 4 get your woman on the floor

Gotta gotta get up to get down

Gotta gotta get up to get down

1 2 3 4 get your woman on the floor

Gotta gotta get up to get down

Gotta gotta get up to get down

1 2 3 4 get your woman on the floor

Gotta gotta get up to get down

Gotta gotta get up to get down

1 2 3 4 get your woman on the floor

Gotta gotta get up to get down

Gotta gotta get up to get down

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