Coolio is auctioning off the royalty rights to his entire catalog in an attempt to finance his culinary career. The rapper—real name Artis Leon Ivey, Jr.—will put all 123 of his songs on the auction block Aug. 28. The bidding starts at $140,000, but the catalog includes goofy cultural touchpoint hits like “Fantastic Voyage,” “1,2,3,4 (Sumpin’ New),” “C U When U Get There,” and “Gangsta’s Paradise.” Now when you get hit with a shoe at a random Val party, the version of “Rollin’ With My Homies” you sing can be one that you earn cash royalties on. Cha-ching!
With the money he earns from the sale of the rights, Coolio hopes to expand his burgeoning series of cookbooks as well as his online cooking show, Cookin’ With Coolio. He’s already published one bestselling cookbook, 2009’s Cookin’ With Coolio, and appeared on Food Network’s Celebrity Chefs.
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