A Downtown Brooklyn barbecue spot is set to become a Gangsta's Paradise this week.
Hill Country Barbecue Market is hosting the '90s rapper and self-described "black Rachael Ray" Coolio Wednesday evening as its "guest pitmaster," and he'll be serving samples of chili "hotter than [his] 90s rhymes," according to a press release.
The hip-hop star — known best for his hit singles "Gangsta's Paradise" and "Fantastic Voyage" — has remade himself as a "ghetto gourmet" cook in recent years, hosting a web series of cooking instruction videos called "Cookin' with Coolio."
The "Damn Hot Veggie Chili" he'll be spooning out Wednesday at 345 Adams St. is straight out of his 2009 cookbook by the same name as his show.
Proceeds from the event, which includes a Q&A session with food writer Stephanie Smith, will benefit the Jarez Music Foundation, a nonprofit supplying inner-city schools with equipment for music programs.
Coolio takes his place behind Hill Country' meat counters at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for a 4-ounce sample of chili, beer, and a seat at the Q&A.