Fantastic Voyage (Coolio song)

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"Fantastic Voyage"
Single by Coolio
from the album It Takes a Thief
Released March 8, 1994 (1994-03-08)
Format 12" single, CD single
Recorded 1993
Genre West coast hip hop, G-funk, gangsta rap
Length 5:32 (Main version)
4:08 (Radio version)
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
Producer(s) Brian Dobbs
Certification 2x Platinum (RIAA)
Coolio singles chronology
"I Remember"
"Fantastic Voyage"
"Mama I'm in Love Wit a Gangsta"

"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."[1]

Here, as in the artists' "Gangster's Paradise," Coolio laments the realities of urban black poverty. He writes "Tryin' to find a place... where my kids can play outside without livin' in fear of a drive by."

Music video[edit]

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 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".

Official versions[edit]

  • "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

Chart performance[edit]

"Fantastic Voyage" peaked at number twelve on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, two on Hot Rap Singles[2] and three on the Billboard Hot 100.[3] The song sold one million copies domestically and received a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.[4][5]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 37
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 91
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 31
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 29
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 41
US Billboard Hot 100 3
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 10
US Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 20


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