A group of Preston students have become an internet sensation after inviting rap star Coolio back to their flat and recording an acoustic version of his famous hit Gangsta’s Paradise.
The rapper, who has sold more than 17 million albums world wide and made one of the most successful hip hop songs of all time, came to the city on Monday.
Coolio, real name Artis Leon Ivey Jr, appeared at Preston’s Ships and Giggles, before heading across town to perform at MACs Bar.
The 50-year-old, who is now a gourmet chef, had so much fun that he decided to stay an extra night after missing his flight to Zurich for the next gig of his tour.
And when he met a group of students from UCLan, he agreed to go back to their flat to cook them a meal.
An impromptu jamming session began, and the video of their rendition of the 90s classic, now has nearly one million hits on YouTube.
One of the students, Olivia Johnson-Aley, who uploaded the video, said online: “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!”
The guitarist in the video said on the social media site Reddit: “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 whether Coolio had brought round the ingredients for the meal, he added: “Nope, everyone had to go to the shop with him. We went to Tesco with Coolio.”
The students were so delighted by their visitor they 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.”
Coolio had already caused a stir on Twitter after spending the night before his gigs playing FIFA 14 with Preston students in a pub, and shopping in the city on Monday, popping into H&M to buy some clothes.
The 50-year-old 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.”
Gangsta’s Paradise was released on Coolio’s album Gangsta’s Paradise and the Dangerous Minds soundtrack in 1995. It is one of the best-seeling singles of all time.
He was awarded a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance, two MTV Video Music Awards, and a Billboard Music Award for the song and album.
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