Rapper Coolio Denied Entry To Canada


Coolio’s past caught up to him last weekend when he tried to enter Canada to perform a blast from the past.

The “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was turned away at the border, making him a no-show at Saturday's I Love The ‘90s show at Bell MTS Centre in Winnipeg. The concert also featured Vanilla Ice, Sisqo, Young MC and 2 Live Crew.

The 55-year-old is still on probation after he pleaded guilty to bringing a loaded firearm through a security checkpoint at LAX in September 2016. 

It’s not the first time Coolio has been turned away from Canada. In 2013, he cancelled shows in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City after being denied entry due to his criminal history.

The rapper was also turned away from Australia in 2009 and, last year, barred from Singapore.

In 1999, Coolio pleaded guilty to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 40 hours of community service, following a 1998 arrest in Torrance, California.

He was sentenced by a German court in 1998 to six months of probation and fined $17,000 U.S. after he was convicted of being an accessory to robbery and causing bodily injury.

And, in 2012, Coolio was arrested in Las Vegas after officers who pulled over a vehicle he was in discovered he had a pair of bench warrants for multiple traffic violations.