Coolio‘s death has the likes of Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, LL Cool J and Vanilla Ice sadly memorializing their longtime partner in rhyme — and now a fellow West Coast O.G.’s delivering his own eulogy.
TMZ Hip Hop caught up with Ras Kass, who — like so many in hip hop — is sharing memories of Coolio, but he’s also saluting his mic skills.
Ras and Coolio have several records together … including one on the late rapper’s magnum opus “Gangsta’s Paradise,” but their relationship dates back before Ras was even old enough to drive.
He admits being a local knucklehead growing up in Watts when he befriended Coolio’s longtime partner Bryan “Wino” Dobbs … who eventually passed his early work to Coolio while Ras was locked away in juvenile detention.
After a stern lecturing to get his act right, Ras obliged and was soon on tour and rocking Lollapalooza while still a teenager!
Ras notes Coolio’s hip hop legacy is extra special, considering his brand of West Coast boogie was selling multi-platinum … at the same time as gangsta rap’s popularity peak when folks like 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, and Ice Cube reigned supreme on the rap charts.
He also remembers the good times — such as Coolio’s Grammy Award win for his mega-hit “Gangsta’s Paradise” back in 1996.