This song was not released as a single and was not particularly popular in 1976, but it found a new audience when Coolio revived it, ingeniously swapping the title word "Pastime" for "Gangsta's."
" (released on Coolio's album with the same name in 1995) sampled Wonder's music in its entirety but changed the lyrics to be about a hopeless feeling in the inner city. Coolio's take was written for the movie Dangerous Minds
, which is about kids struggling to find their way at a school riddled with crime and neglect - his lyrics are written from the perspective of the students.
The first version of "Gangsta's Paradise" didn't meet with Stevie Wonder's approval, as it contained curse words. After Coolio cleaned it up a bit, Wonder jumped on board, and even joined the rapper to perform the song at the 1995 Billboard Music Awards.