Coolio selling song rights to fund cookery career

The rapper is looking to expand his 'Cooking With Coolio' brand

Coolio is reportedly auctioning the royalty rights to his back catalogue so he can use the money raised to help him with his dream to become a world famous cook.

The bidding for the rapper's 123 song catalogue – which includes 'Gangsta's Paradise' and 'Rollin' With My Homies' – starts at $140,000 (£89,668) and the auction takes place on August 28, writes the AV Club.

From the sale of the rights, Coolio will be putting out follow-up books to 2009's Cookin' With Coolio. The rapper, real name Artis Leon Ivey, Jr, is also looking to expand his old online cookery show, also called Cookin' With Coolio. Scroll down to watch an episode of the show in which Coolio whips up a caprese salad.

The 50-year-old hip hop star last released an album in 2009. 'From the Bottom 2 the Top' was his sixth LP. His best-selling album was 1995's 'Gangsta's Paradise'.

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