Coolio, the 50-year-old rapper who rose to prominence on the LA rap scene in the early ’90s, is a serious candidate for chillest celebrity ever after a weekend hanging out at with students from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, England.
The students, who had attended a Coolio concert in the hours leading up to the encounter, provided surreal context behind their bizarre encounter with the rapper. He apparently came over, cooked them dinner, provided them with incomparable intel about life in the rap business, and played an awesome acoustic rendition of his most famous hit: Gangsta’s Paradise.
Coolio was playing a gig in our city [Preston], and a few of my housemates were in the VIP after party. He came back to our house afterwards, and told us that he wasn’t busy that night so would come over and cook us dinner. We had Coolio’s Caprese Salad, Chicken á la Daaaamn, and Peach Crumble. We also videoed a cooking show (“Cookin’ with Coolio”). It was just as weird as it sounds. Great guy though, had some very deep and profound thoughts on life and his time in the business.
Their fervent conversation included insight into Coolio’s early life in Los Angeles, his rise in the business, and the death of Tupac.
It was fascinating. He shared a lot of thoughts about his time with Tupac, including how he spoke with him the day he died. A lot of insight in to his upbringing and life on the streets. He is pretty switched on. I not only learned how to sharpen a knife last night, but a lot of deep life lessons from Coolio. All whilst sipping from a bottle of Patrón.
It seems like Coolio, excluding the disintegrating mini-oak tree on top of his head, is about as down to earth as anyone could possibly expect a celebrity to be. It’s hard to imagine anything more unbelievable than one of the world’s most famous rappers preparing you and your friends a caprese salad.