Hip-hop icon Coolio hops into Perth lunch bar for cook-up

US hip-hop icon Coolio is renowned for his chart-topping anthem Gangsta’s Paradise. But he ditched the thug life to whip up stuffed avocado tempura and burgers at Perth’s Compton Burgers.

Theo, who owns the shop with his twin brother Andrew, was introduced to Coolio before his death.

The chart-topping Gangsta’s Paradise performer popped into Compton Burgers in 2019 to do some cooking.

From there a regular parade of famous visitors have come through the doors.

Mullings, wearing a Compton shirt and hat visited the store with a close friend and signed a card for Coolio as a sign of respect.

“Everyone had a great time and it was an unforgettable experience for all involved,” Theo said.

Mullings even sang along to Red Red Wine with the Compton Burgers family.

US hip-hop icon Coolio is renowned for his chart-topping anthem Gangsta’s Paradise.

But he ditched the thug life to whip up stuffed avocado tempura and burgers at Perth’s Something Good Lunch Bar and Cafe on Friday.

The Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist later performed at Perth nightclub Amplifier Capitol.

Owners of the lunch bar, twins Andrew and Michael Theo, told Confidentialthey were grateful to be introduced to Coolio through a friend who owns Perth-based ticketing company Megatix.

They said their lunch bar is being renovated, before transforming into Compton Burgers and Compton café in two months.

And they will be serving Coolio’s signature burger, called Coolio Killa.

Coolio, 54, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr, has a web series and cook book called Cookin’ with Coolio, which includes recipes such as Drunk-ass Chicken and Pimp My Shrimp.

In 2013, it was reported Coolio wanted to further his chef career by auctioning off the rights to his music catalogue to help pay for it.

Left: Members of hardcore US Hip Hop group Onyx, Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz also dropped into the store last year. Right: Fredro Starr makes a ‘Slam burger’.

Harlow, known for hits What’s Poppin and Industry Baby, visited Compton Burgers in July last year.

He took the brothers up on their invitation to stop by during his Australian tour.

Just hours before appearing on stage at HBF Stadium, Harlow ordered the store’s specially-created Harlow burger.

During Harlow’s visit Theo said: “It was awesome for my staff but it was just normal to me, I’ve had Coolio here before.”

Members of hardcore US Hip Hop group Onyx, Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz also dropped into the store last year.

The group, which formed in the late 80’s, is best known for their 1993 platinum hit single “Slam”.

One of their songs also featured in Eminem’s cult classic film 8 Mile.

They both had a go at crafting their own “Slam burgers” after they heard Coolio got behind the grill on his visit.

The pair, who were captured creating their burgers on camera, paid tribute to the late rap star and spoke about their music and latest video.

Theo said Onyx, who were brought over to tour Perth by Launch Australia, is known for pushing the boundaries of hip-hop and rap.

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