Rap star Coolio set to return to Preston

Lorcan with Coolio
Lorcan with Coolio
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A group of 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 worldwide, came to the city on Monday and appeared at Ships and Giggles and MACs Bar.

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 more than one million hits on YouTube.

And bar bosses revealed on Thursday that Coolio loved Preston so much, he plans to come back to Ships and Giggles to perform on Saturday.

Bar owner Andy Mac said: “I spoke to him on the phone and he was saying that they absolutely loved it - they couldn’t believe how much they loved Preston.

“They said it was that good they want to come back.

“They are going to come back on Saturday and perform an acoustic version of Gangsta’s Paradise on stage with the students from the video, then he’s going to perform at MACs Bar again.”

Coolio flew to Zurich, then to Bucharest, but will now be coming back to Preston.

Andy said: “They said to me after the performance that it was the best performance they had done on any tour - they just loved it.”

Fashion student Olivia Johnson-Aley, 19, who filmed the You Tube video, said online: “Met Coolio on a student night out in Preston and he said he wanted to cook for me and my housemates 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!”

Law student Claudia Doherty, 21, who is studying for a masters degree, said: “There are eight of us in the flat and we all went to MACs bar.

“That was the start of what has been a crazy two days.

“We went into the VIP area with him, had a few drinks and he said, ‘Guys, I will come round tomorrow and cook your dinner’. He turned up and we went to Tesco with him to get some groceries.”

Fellow law student and the guitarist in the video, Lorcan O’Mahoney, 23, said: “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. Our house has been renamed Gangsta’s Paradise. I might get on to the council about getting one of those blue plaques.”

Claudia said Coolio was “down to earth” and “really nice. He was just like a normal guy, minus the American accent and big watch,” she said.