After All These Years, Coolio Still Lets His Nuts Hang
Come, take a fantastic voyage to the gangsta’s paradise. Your guide is a 50-year-old rapper from Compton named Coolio and he’s had a long walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Your journey begins in 1996, when he won a Grammy for his song, “Gangsta’s Paradise,” and made himself a household name. Then, time happened. Coolio’s star started fading along with his trademark wild braids. And although he may not be accepting awards at this point in his career, he’s been keeping busy over the last two decades—still putting out albums, still making appearances in dozens of movies and TV shows, and above all, still being motherfucking Coolio.
We recently caught up with Coolio about, well, everything…
Noisey: You recently let Falling In Reverse cover “Gangsta’s Paradise.” I guess my question is: Why would you do that?
Coolio: Well, actually, I couldn’t stop them from doing it for one thing. Secondly, my kids like it. My kids like Falling In Reverse. They’re Falling In Reverse fans.
How old are your kids?
She’s 16 and then one is 22 and you know, I actually like them myself.
I don’t know if you’ve ever heard the lead singer or know anything about him, but he got skills. He got rap skills.
You think so?
Yeah he does. The lead singer from Falling In Reverse is actually skilled.
Hm. What do you think of his other side—the screaming metalcore shit?
I mean, some of it I like, some of it I don’t like but there’s a lot of things in hip-hop I don’t like so it’s not necessarily about me liking everything, I think it was something good to do. I think they did a great job on it. I don’t know what you know about Ronnie, man. Ronnie is the lead singer. He’s talented as shit.