The Wall Street Theater


All Ages

With over 20 million records sold worldwide, Grammy award-winning and multi-

platinum recording artist Coolio is an artist known around the world as a musical

and cooking master of extraordinary reinvention.

Growing up during the time of tremendous change in Compton, Calif., Coolio fed

on struggle and used it as a launching pad of continual reinvention that led to

selling over 17 million records globally and a long list of concerts to adoring fans

in Africa, Israel, Russia, Japan, Thailand, Brazil, Australia, Turkey, the United

States and throughout Europe. He gave back to the community by serving as the

spokesman for the Asthma and Allergies Foundation.

Coolio initially took over the world rap scene through the “Gangsta’s Paradise”

release, which won a Grammy Award in 1996 for Best Rap Performance, Solo.

“Gangsta’s Paradise” would also be featured on the “Dangerous Minds”

soundtrack and movie. “Gangsta’s Paradise,” also featuring LV on vocals, was

also nominated for a Grammy for Best Song of the Year and it sold over six

million copies and was Billboard Magazine’s number one single in 1995.

The world recognition led to his music being featured Coolio for several major

motion pictures including: Space Jam, Clueless, The Big Payback, Panther, New

Jersey Drive, The Jerk Boys, Eddie, Half Baked and many more. He also

composed the theme song for the popular kids TV series KENAN on


The awards for his hard-hitting style are many. Coolio has won an American

Music award, three MTV awards, two Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and a

World Music award. He has received six Grammy award nominations (1994,

1995 and 1996), two Billboard Music awards (1994 and 1996), two ASCAP

awards (1996, 1997), three MTV video awards (1996 and 1997), four American

Online awards (1996) and was the Playboy Music Poll winner in 1997.

Coolio successfully made the transition from performer to actor during the 90s.

He co-stared in the motion picture Retirement with Bill Cobb, Peter Falk, Charlie

Murphy and Rip Torn. The film featured music from Coolio’s “Return of the

Gangsta” album. Coolio has also starred in several HBO films and series as well

as making cameos in Bateman Dare Devil.

His television accomplishments have included the reality TV show on the Oxygen

network, “Coolio’s Rules,” and the ghetto funk cooking web series, “Cooking with

Coolio,” which logged over four million hits on the web. Television appearances

included programs like Celebrity Cook Off and Celebrity Chopped.

His musical collaborations continued with “From the Bottom to the Top.” Coolio

changed his style and opened up to working with many European and

International disc jockeys such as Benny Benassi, Ives la rock, and Paul

Oakenfold just to name a few. He also got the aide of his son A.I., who was a

featured artist on the album. The first single is collaboration with Coolio and the

Oscar-winning “Ennio Morricone,” one of the most famous soundtrack composers

of the last 50 years.

Coolio’s Album “El Cool Magnigico” was released in Europe on Jan 15, 2003.

Featured artists on that album included hip-hop performer Miss Toi, country

legend Kenny Rogers, Krazye Bone from Bone thugs n Harmony, B-real of

Cypress Hill and Daz Dillinger. Associated Press stated that, “Coolio returns to

Hip-Hop with El Cool Magnifico, and every track on the disc is a winner.” The

New York Post praised the album and wrote, “El Cool Magnifico is excellent from

top to bottom”. The album sold over 1.8 million copies worldwide.

No stranger to the world of cartoons, Coolio recorded the single and music video

“Dexter” (what’s his name) for “Dexter’s Laboratory: Home Boy Genius – The

Hip-Hop Experiment.” This was a creative and fun album featuring big name hip-

hop artists such as De La Soul and Will I Am. “The Hip-Hop Experiment” album

features original songs inspired by Dexter’s Laboratory, the top rated, Emmy

nominated Cartoon Network series.

An ingenious chameleon, Coolio launched his book, “Cookin’ with Coolio: 5 Star

Meals at a 1 Star Price,” in 2009, which would become a New York Times

bestseller. This move expanded his audience base from the stage to kitchens

across the globe. Branding himself as the “ghetto gourmet,” Coolio used his

creativity and the inspiration of his mother to refine old-school recipes into

accessible, fresh options.

Coolio’s interest in cooking started as a youngster. After a failed grilled cheese,

his mother chose to make him pay her back for the charred mess by helping out

in the kitchen. Rather than hate every minute of cleaning and scrubbing, Coolio

fell in love with cooking.

Later in life, when his mother passed, the love of cooking turned into an

obsession with rediscovering and reinventing all her old recipes. He interviewed

aunts, friends and relatives until he found her lost secrets. Then, Coolio took the

lessons of his elders and morphed the recipes into healthier options that

remained affordable.

The secret ingredient of Coolio’s recipes is his unconventional approach to

culinary instruction. His style is brash and in your face for which he doesn’t

apologize. “People learn better when they’re entertained. Cooking isn’t just for

the starched-stiff elite. Everyone should know how to cook something,” said the

ghetto gourmet.

Currently performing venues across the world, look for Coolio on the “I Love The

90’s Tour” (2016-2019). Coolio is also working on a new cookbook. The recipes

will continue on the theme of insane deliciousness that anyone can recreate. The

recipes are designed to be accessible with easy to assemble ingredients that

everyone will recognize. From the tang of balsamic vinegar to the freshness of


Venue Information:
Wall Street Theater
71 Wall Street
Norwalk, CT, 06850