Coolio on Turning 50: "The Average Lifespan of a Black Male Was 22 in My Neighborhood"

But time is money, and Coolio's schedule calls for a quick turnaround to ensure that the rapper's back stateside for a gig in Boston, and then Lansing, Michigan, a few days after his Ibiza debut. The dude's a serious workaholic, after all.

In addition to performing live in places like Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Plainfield, Illinois, Coolio is scheduled to perform one-off gigs in Beirut, Lebanon, and the Russian capital city of Moscow between now and the end of September. And if a 16-year-old gun charge hadn't crept up to keep him from entering Canada earlier this year, he'd probably be treating fans in that country to "Sumpin' New" too.

"Maybe they changed their policies about things," Coolio ponders. "I had that gun case in the beginning of my career and [have been] to Canada so many times [since then]...

"I hate that my Canadian fans don't get to be treated no more," he adds. "I've had some really great shows over there, had some good times, and I know some good people. But unless they come to the States, I probably won't see them again."

Coolio says that someone in the Canadian government would have to intervene on his behalf before he's allowed back. "I just don't know that if at this point anyone really gives a fuck to go out of their way to do that," he says.

However, it will take a lot more than a Canadian blacklist to sideline Coolio. His inability to slow down is precisely why the rapper has been able to reach audiences well beyond the prime of his musical career. And it's that same hustler mentality that will carry Coolio into the next chapter of his life.

We'll have part two of our interview with Coolio later this week, where the rapper opens up about his movie project, the possibility of a Las Vegas restaurant venture, Paul Deen, and Kenan and Kel.

Coolio Speaks from Victor Gonzalez on Vimeo.

Coolio's 50th Birthday and Live Performance. Friday, August 2. LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Doors open at 11 p.m. and tickets cost $40 to $60 plus fees via Ages 21 and up. Call 305-674-4680 or visit

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