Rappers have parlayed their success into merchandising in a wide array of mediums including action figures, video games, and booze. Lil Jon even has his own energy drink called Crunk Juice. But as far as I know, Coolio is the first to come out with a cook book. The book. entitled Cooking with Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price, is Coolio’s debut as an author.The assault on Raekwon’s monopoly on the chef mantle features recipes written in Coolio’s unique vernacular. Although the music/food connection is somewhat of an underserved niche, Coolio is not the first to combine a musical aesthetic with sumptuous recipes. Ian Finn’s Punk Cookery offers a take on vegetarian cuisine with punk flavor, and a new blog TheYoungandHungry.com combines music and restaurant reviews with recipes.
“Hell, when I was growing up, I could make a meal out of a package of Top Ramen and a bottle of Windex.” -Coolio.