Cookin' with Coolio is a web-based cooking instruction program starring West Coast rapper Coolio. The show is an offshoot of the now cancelled Coolio's Rules. It appears on the web video network My Damn Channel. and is produced by Dead Crow Pictures. The show is also a promotion for a cookbook by Coolio of the same name.
Cookin with Coolio is hosted by Artis Leon Ivey Jr. (born August 1, 1963), better known by the stage name Coolio. Coolio is an American Grammy Award winning musician, rapper, actor, and record producer. He is best known for the song "Gangsta's Paradise", and the theme song for Kenan & Kel a Nickelodeon show from 1996 to 2000.
Coolio often refers to himself as the "ghetto Martha Stewart" and the "black Rachel Ray." He started cooking when he was young. He learned to cook with simple ingredients as he lacked basic necessities to prepare elaborate dishes.