Coolio cooks for students and records cover of Gangsters’ Paradise

Posted on 10 October 2013
By Michelle Gondry
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A group of students have become an internet sensation after rap star Coolio went back to their house following a performance.

Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr, visited Preston on Monday and surprised the group by accepting their invitation to join them at their house for a jam session.

The rapper, who has sold more than 17 million albums world wide recorded an acoustic version of his hit Gangsta’s Paradise with the students from the University of Central Lancashire.

Capturing the moment on video, the clip of their rendition of the 90s classic was promptly uploaded to Youtube where it has almost one million views.

The 50-year-old hip-hop star turned gourmet chef also decided to stay an extra night after he missed his flight to Zurich where his next gig was taking place.

One student Olivia Johnson-Aley, who uploaded the video, said: “Met Coolio on a student night out in Preston and he said he wanted to cook for me and my house-mates the following night and that’s exactly what happened.

“We decided to take a break from the cooking and have a jam session.

“Most surreal night of our lives! 4.15 is rapping at its best!”

Showing off his culinary skills, while at the house, he agreed to cook a meal for the students, who were thrilled.

The guitarist in the video said: “Coolio came to my house last night, cooked us dinner, and we jammed to Gangsta’s Paradise. Possibly the most bizarre night of my life.

“He was playing a gig in our city, 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.”
When asked if Coolio had brought round the ingredients for the meal, he answered: “Nope, everyone had to go to the shop with him. We went to Tesco with Coolio.”

Following the visit, the students have now decided to ‘re-christen’ their house.

He said: “Our house has been renamed Gangsta’s Paradise,” the guitarist said. “Might get on to the council about getting one of those blue plaques.”

The impromptu visit to the students’ house came after Coolio had caused a stir on Twitter following a stint playing FIFA 14 with Preston students in a pub, and shopping in the city on Monday.
The rapper said: “I played with some students and they kicked my *** – I was embarrassed.

“But I’m really having a good time – I’ll definitely come back to Preston. The people of Preston are cool.”