Coolio says he will remove jewellery during UK visit in fear of theft

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American rapper Coolio has said he will remove his shoes and jewellery before meeting UK fans, in fear of being robbed.

The artist, well-known for his hit 1995 Grammy Award-winning single “Gangsta’s Paradise” will join stars such as Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa and Young MC for the UK leg of the I Love The 90’s tour in September, which will bring some of the era’s best-known names in rap, hip-hop and R&B back to the stage for six shows.

Coolio, real name Artis Leon Ivey Jr, said he was looking forward to visiting the country and would “absolutely” take time to talk to his fans, but would be taking some precautions after events that occurred during his 2009 Staffordshire University performance.

One witness said at the time: “He nearly flattened one poor girl then all the students decided to launch on him.

“They grabbed whatever they could, including his trainers, watch, chains and glasses.”

Coolio said this week: “I consider my UK fans, friends and fellow artists as family.

“Most of the time I enjoy coming, apart from that one time.”