Reflecting on Coolio in Duluth

Ten days before Homegrown 2012, Coolio came to Duluth. I find myself looking back and wondering how the hell I ended up at that show, standing in the back next to Jellybean Johnson, listening to a mid-1990s rap star talk about eating sushi at Black Water and how “Duluth bitches are all dimes.”



about 12 years ago

I was very disappointed that he came to Duluth on 4/19 instead of a day later. I mean, it IS Coolio.

That said, I am a little bummed I missed the show. 

Who cares if he is in the latter stages of his career? His stuff is far better than the crap that I hear on the radio these days. 

Back then, I had to walk to rap shows uphill both ways in knee-deep snow.

You kids get off my damn lawn!


about 12 years ago

Do you think Coolio payed to have that nice lady rub his cock on stage,  like preachers sometimes pay people to act healed?  It seems kind of strange she got double action in this set.


about 12 years ago

And Paul, my job is not to tell you what shows to attend, but WTF, Coolio?  What happened to you man?  For example, I stayed home and read 'Unbroken' in beautiful hard bound, 1st edition format.  I assure you, this time was mobetta spent.


about 12 years ago

Coolio + male pattern baldness = Krusty the clown.

Paul Lundgren

about 12 years ago

Herzog, I assure you I was swept in on a wave of other people's drunken curiosity and their willingness to pay for my admission. Having laid that preface out, I will say it was fun, though, in terms of the spectacle of it all. 

By the way, so far it looks like the closest Leonard Cohen will be to Duluth this year is Chicago (Nov. 23) and Detroit (Nov. 26).

P.S., Schmood1971 for the win.


about 12 years ago

I have to admit that I was excited to tap into a little of that excitement from my grade school days.  However, any early 90s nostalgia, in my opinion, was totally washed away by Coolio's terrible between song banter and his complete incompetence on the hype vocals.  He sounded worse than some college kid rapping while shooting beer pong at the Rex.  He brought with a somewhat decent sax player though.

I failed to show up early enough to see the opening act, 1017 featuring Solomon Witherspoon and Good Knight, but heard from most of my peers (at least the ones who bought tickets to the show) that 1017 was the main reason they went.  

It was also slightly odd that the powers at large thought it necessary to employ the Rex with 8+ police officers

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