Vanilla Ice's hometown show at The Bomb Factory on Saturday night was as '90s as it could get. Dallas' loved and loathed one-hit-wonder, and still best-selling local hip-hop exponent, pulled out all the nostalgia stops in Deep Ellum. (The review is here.)
But one thing was missing from the night: Coolio, who was scheduled to be one of the openers for Ice's descriptively named YO! '90s Hip-Hop Party. Turns out there was a good reason for that: He'd been arrested before he could get to Dallas.
The 53-year-old Compton rapper, famous for such '90s hits as "Fantastic Voyage," "1 2 3 4 (Sumpin' New)" and "Gangsta's Paradise," was attempting to fly out of Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday morning when he was arrested at security for carrying a loaded gun in his bag. That would be bad enough, but authorities soon discovered the firearm had been reported stolen.
That meant Coolio was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and suspicion of possessing a stolen loaded firearm.
That same night, however, he took to social media with a video to downplay the situation and reassure his fans that everything was OK — from the friendly environs of a P.F. Chang restaurant. "Just wanted to say something about the little misunderstanding at the airport today," Coolio said, with deft understatement, in the video. "Everything's fine, I'm fine. ... I don't know what's going to be the result of this in the future, but for now I'm fine."
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Coolio went on to reassure his fans that he'd be at his next gig, scheduled for Sunday night in Indio, California: the I Love the '90s Tour, which also features Ice and which brought Coolio to DFW back in June for a stop at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie. (These '90s-themed tours have become quiet the cottage industry, apparently.)
Coolio's no-show was cause for a bit of confusion for some fans on Saturday night, as his name was quietly removed from the event page on Facebook. It didn't phase Ice, even though Coolio riding a big wheel would've fit right in with the dance party (if there'd been room onstage). Then again, Mr. Van Winkle knows a thing or two himself about "misunderstandings."