Coolio Finds Inspiration In The Strangest Places

July 29 [10:00 EDT] -- In case you didn't think Coolio reached far enough back into music history with his 70s era Stevie Wonder sample on "Gangsta's Paradise," you should be thrilled with his new single.

On "C U When U Get There" [900k QuickTime] from the "Nothing To Lose" soundtrack, the rapper turned to the 17th Century for inspiration, sampling a recording of Pachelbel's "Canon."

While Coolio found his musical vision in Pachelbel's work, the rapper looked elsewhere for lyrical inspiration.

"What it means to me is, you're thinking," Coolio told MTV News of the song's message. "What I mean by 'when you get there' is if you're thinking in terms of uplifting yourself and uplifting those around you, then you're there." [1.3MB QuickTime]

"C U When U Get There" rises to number 16 on this week's "Billboard" pop singles chart.