Coolio returns to his new favourite city

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Coolio put his world tour on hold to return to Preston - just days after surprising a group of students by cooking them a meal and performing in their front room.

The American rap star made international news headlines after befriending the UCLan students during appearances at Ships and Giggles and MACs bar last Monday.

Coolio at The Ship and Giggles in Preston with Andy Mac and Rick Carr

Coolio at The Ship and Giggles in Preston with Andy Mac and Rick Carr

Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr, headed back to their flat where he made them a three-course dinner and performed his smash hit Gangsta’s Paradise in an impromptu jamming session.

The video of the acoustic rendition of the 90s classic is now approaching two million hits on YouTube.

And the 50-year-old said he enjoyed his time in Preston so much he agreed to reappear at the two venues on Saturday night - performing alongside his newfound friends.

Coolio said: “It was just a spur of the moment thing, I went to their house and cooked bro. They put it on YouTube, I didn’t expect it.

Coolio arrives at The Ship and Giggles in Preston

Coolio arrives at The Ship and Giggles in Preston

“I saw a lot of comments saying ‘oh, he set that up, it was contrived’, but it really wasn’t.

“It was totally random. I hadn’t expected to come back.

“I thought I would be on my way home now!”

The rapper, who has sold more than 17 million albums worldwide, was rejoined on stage at Ships and Giggles by the group including law students Claudia Doherty, 21, and Lorcan O’Mahoney, 23, and fashion student Olivia Johnson-Aley, 19.

Coolio at The Ship and Giggles in Preston

Coolio at The Ship and Giggles in Preston

Claudia said they were nervous before the show, but the girls in the group were given a makeover at short notice by David Thomas Hair in Guildhall Street, Preston.

She said: “Everyone was taking pictures and filming us. It was crazy. He didn’t believe how viral the video had gone, he said I can’t get over it.

“We got on stage and it was amazing, everyone was going crazy. It was such a good performance.

“Andy Mac the owner has given us free tickets to see Jazzy Jeff when he plays there tomorrow and meet him.

“I think it might start all over again!”

Excited fans piled into the two venues, where Coolio performed sets including the award winning song, complete with a saxophone solo.

Bar owner Andy Mac said: “I said to him how mental the reaction had been and said we should try and get you back.

“He said what about this Saturday? He was excited and so was I. He loved Preston.

“On the back of it Channel 4 are filming a show on Coolio, coming out at Christmas.”