- 08 Jun 22
Coolio rose to fame after signing to Tommy Boy Records in 1994 and releasing his debut album, It Takes a Thief.
Ernesto's Cafe in Rathmines has been treated to an appearance from renowned rapper Coolio yesterday afternoon.
"You know things are going okay when Coolio calls in on a Tuesday afternoon to show his support for the Dubs. Up the flats and seize this day," the caption on the Instagram post reads.
The Compton-born hip-hop star previously announced a gig at the Bowery in Rathmines back in 2019, so he must be familiar with the area near Dublin's city centre.
The brain behind the 1996 Grammy winning single 'Gangsta's Paradise', one of the most iconic tunes of the '90s, showcased his other memorable hits - such as 'C U When You Get There' and '1,2,3,4 (Sumpin' New)'.
The 58-year-old (real name Artis Leon Ivey Jr.) has also performed at the Roisin Dubh pub in Galway and JRB's in Kildare, The Venue Cork and Skylite Room Warrenpoint, Newry so he's familiar with intimate Irish shows.
Coolio name checked Dublin rap group Versatile (Eskimo Supreme and Caspar Walsh) in 2019, complimenting their unique style and later performing with them in Leopardstown.
Coolio achieved mainstream success in the mid-to-late 1990s with his albums It Takes a Thief (1994), Gangsta's Paradise (1995), and My Soul (1997).
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