Fantastic Voyage (Coolio song)
|Single by Coolio|
|from the album It Takes a Thief|
|Released||March 8, 1994|
|Format||12" single, CD single|
|Genre||Hip hop, G-funk, new jack swing|
|Length||(Main Version) 5:32
(Radio Version) 4:08
|Label||Tommy Boy Records|
|Writer(s)||Norman Beavers, Marvin Craig, Brian Dobbs, Artis Ivey, Jr., Fred Alexander, Jr., Mark Adam Wood, Jr., Tiemeyer McCain, Thomas Oliver Shelby, Stephen Shockley, Otis Stokes|
|Certification||2x Platinum (RIAA)|
|Coolio singles chronology|
"Fantastic Voyage" is a song by American rapper Coolio. It was released in March 1994 as the third single from his debut album It Takes a Thief. The song later featured on the album Fantastic Voyage: The Greatest Hits. The song samples "Fantastic Voyage" by Lakeside.
According to Allmusic's Jason Lymangrover, "With its infectious "Slide, slide, slippity slide" chorus, it went unnoticed that his breakthrough single, "Fantastic Voyage," was actually a song about escapism."
The music video features Coolio napping on his front porch, when he gets a phone call from his friend Spoon that wakes him. Spoon asks about taking a trip to the beach, to which an annoyed Coolio responds "we ain't got no car" and hangs up on him. Suddenly a mysterious man with a 70's style suit, afro, and cane appears and turns the bicycle sitting upside down on his Coolio's driveway into a convertible car. Now with a means of transportation, Coolio and his crew head to the beach. The rest of the video features Coolio at the beach helping the crowd of passengers out of the trunk of the car for a beach party, which includes people of all races and a mariachi band. At the end of the video, the car is transformed back into a bicycle on Coolio's driveway, and Coolio is woken again by a phone call from Spoon, showing that the trip was all a dream. Coolio reminds him that they don't have a car, tells him to quit calling, and hangs up. Then Coolio looks at the bike to see the car's license plate hanging off of the bike. Leaving him wondering if the events were really a dream and setting the events for the video "I Remember".
- Fantastic Voyage (Radio Version) 4:08
- Fantastic Voyage (Timber Radio Edit) 4:01
- Fantastic Voyage (Timber Mix) 5:32
- Fantastic Voyage (Dave Bellochio Street Mix) 4:20
- Fantastic Voyage (QD III Remix) 4:30
- Fantastic Voyage (QD III Bonus Beats) 4:30
- Fantastic Voyage (Funk Master Flex Remix) 4:04
- Fantastic Voyage (J-Ski Remix) 4:13
- Fantastic Voyage (Flex Clean Radio Edit) 4:04
- Fantastic Voyage (Flex Bonus Beats) 2:06
- Fantastic Voyage (A Cappella) 3:38
- Fantastic Voyage (Timber Clean Radio Edit) 4:01
- Fantastic Voyage (J Ski Clean Radio Edit) 4:13
- Fantastic Voyage (Flex Instrumental) 4:54
The song peaked at number twelve on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, two on Hot Rap Singles and three on The Billboard Hot 100. The song eventually was certified 2x platinum by RIAA on July 20, 1994.
|Germany (Media Control Charts)||91|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||31|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||8|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||41|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||3|
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||10|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks||2|
End of year charts
|End of year chart (1994)||Position|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||20|
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- allmusic ((( It Takes a Thief > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles ))). Allmusic. Accessed October 5, 2008.
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- RIAA - Gold & Platinum RIAA. Retrieved on 2008-10-05
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