Salt N Pepa, Coolio (and, uh, Vanilla Ice) to headline “I Love The ‘90s” tour

Cue the hip-hop remix of “Turn, Turn, Turn”: The once-cutting edge ‘90s revival has calcified into just another cog in the wheel (in the sky, right Journey fans?!) of the nostalgia-industrial complex. Rolling Stone confirms as much by reporting that Salt N Pepa, Coolio, and Kid ‘N Play, along with Biz Markie, Color Me…

The dream of the ’90s is (barely) alive in Brooklyn: A tale of horror and survival

I’m sitting on a train being laughed at by a group of teenagers. I’m wearing baggy, ripped jeans and a Cat In The Hat hat. They point and snigger, while I gamely try to join in the mocking good cheer by staring uncomfortably off into the distance and pretending I’m elsewhere, anywhere, besides here. Finally, we hit…

Read This: An oral history of Coolio’s 1995 crossover smash hit “Gangsta’s Paradise”

It’s hard to fathom now how big of a hit Compton rapper Coolio’s song “Gangsta’s Paradise” was back in 1995. While Tupac and Suge Knight were beefing with the Notorious B.I.G. and Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs for supreme dominance over the rap game, Coolio was cleaning up in the charts with his near-ubiquitous hit. It beat…