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It takes a chef: Coolio serves up chili Downtown

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Rollin’ with his homies: Coolio pounds fists with a fan.
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Gangsta’s paradise: The rapper cuts into a rack of ribs.
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Puff daddy: The rapper — who had an asthma attack earlier in the night — puffed on an inhaler throughout a performance of his hit songs.
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Original gangsta: Coolio’s set concluded with his megahit “Gangsta’s Paradise.”

This chili will burn your a-- in more ways than one.

Legendary rapper turned food entrepreneur Coolio made a guest appearance at Downtown’s Hill Country Barbecue on Wednesday to cook up some hot tunes, answer fans’ burning questions, and serve his signature fiery chili — a dish he says he perfected as a kid under threat from his mom.

“My mother would give me a spoon and say, ‘stir this chili every five minutes and if you mess up I’ll kick your a--,’ ” he told the audience during a question and answer session.

The chili is from Coolio’s 2009 budget cookbook “Cookin’ with Coolio: Five-star meals at a one-star price” — so budget, his version doesn’t even have any meat in it.

But a rep for the eatery says it was happy to mix things up from its usual flesh-focused fare, and guests didn’t mind one bit, pouring into the Adams Street ’cue joint for a taste.

“It was awesome, it was everything we could’ve hoped for,” said Drew Kilman, who handles public relations for Hill Country.

During the meat-free meet-and-greet, the self-described “kitchen pimp” offered his sage cooking advice to the crowd, which included wearing the correct footwear and buying the right knives (he uses a signature set from Guy Fieri — who he also declared a kitchen pimp).

“Pimp your kitchen, don’t let your kitchen pimp you,” Coolio said.

The pigtailed pop-culture icon then regaled the audience with a rousing five-song performance. He suffered a small asthma attack, but pushed ahead thanks to an inhaler provided by an audience member, capping off the night his 1995 hit “Gangsta’s Paradise.”

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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