Published on May 11th, 2019 | by Lydia Brooks


Hip-hop legend Coolio to play Kansas Crossing Casino this weekend


Hip-hop music has mostly become a thing of the past on the local concert scene while country music still continues to dominate. However, Kansas Crossing Casino is shaking up a bit all things by staging Coolio, the legendary rap artist, with an 8 p.m. concert Saturday inside The Corral.

The Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist will forever be remembered with his single “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which has been ranked No. 38 on the 100 greatest songs of hip-hop of VH1 and has sold up to six million copies all over the world, making it become one of the best-selling singles of all time. The single was so popular that it received the attention and treatment of Weird Al Yankovic with the parody “Amish Paradise.”

Coolio once said that “I don’t consider myself a gangster rapper,” “But I’m probably more qualified to be a gangster rapper than people who call themselves that. I’ve been through that life.”

In spite of the song’s serious undertones, Coolio was one of the first rappers in the world to balance accessibility with the gritty subject matter of the genre and garner mainstream success and critical acclaim during the 1990s. A vast majority of his songs like “C U When U Get There” and “Fantastic Voyage” has a definite 1970s funk vibe, and is laid back purposely, and in some cases, resemble party anthems. Unsurprisingly, he became a favorite on “Kenan & Kel” – Nickelodeon comedy show – partly thanks to popularity among young people due to his unique “spider leg” dreadlocks.

Coolio also said, “Life is too short to not have fun. We are only here for a short time compared to the sun and the moon and all that.”

Joining Coolio on stage will be a hip-hop duo composed of Cecil Glenn and Steve Gibson, Tag Team. They are best known for the hit “Whoomp! (There it is)” in 1993 which has appeared in some movies, from “Shark Tale” to “Elf.”

Tickets: $21.

Details: 620-240-4400.

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