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Rapper Coolio arrested in Las Vegas traffic stop


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Coolio at Chateau inside Paris on March 18, 2011.

Updated Friday, March 9, 2012 | 5:44 p.m.

Artis Ivey

Artis Ivey

Grammy Award-winning rapper Coolio was arrested early Friday morning, according to Metro Police.

Metro spokesman Bill Cassell said the rapper, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over for a routine traffic stop.

Cassell said Ivey, 48, was arrested after police discovered he was wanted on two outstanding misdemeanor warrants, one for driving without a license, the other for illegal stop, standing or parking.

According to an official at the Clark County Detention Center, Coolio was booked about 2:40 a.m. As of 1:30 p.m., he was still in custody but was in the process of being released, a jail official said.

The official said Ivey would be released without posting bail on the premise that he will go to his court hearing.

Coolio's 22-year-old son, Grtis Ivey, also is being held in the same detention center without bail on multiple charges, including robbery with a deadly weapon, first-degree kidnapping with a deadly weapon, grand larceny and conspiracy to commit a robbery for an incident last November, authorities said.

Coolio is best known for his 1995 chart-topping hit, “Gangsta’s Paradise.” The National Academy of Arts and Sciences awarded Coolio the Best Rap Solo performance Grammy in 1996 for “Gangsta’s Paradise.”

CORRECTION: This corrects an earlier version of the story to note Grtis Ivey already was in the Clark County Detention Center. | (March 10, 2012)

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  1. Chunky says:

    That there is some very very nice hair sir!

    That's what Chunky thinks!

  2. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

  3. Yep crack is good for you, wont hurt you at all.....

  4. Mississippi of the West? The first Capitol of the Confederacy was Montgomery Alabama, the second Richmond Virginia. The real estate in both cities had a much higher foreclosure rate after the Civil War than Las Vegas, so there is sort of a connection between all three. Of course, they all look alike from the inside of a jail. What happened to the title "Stinking Lilly of the Desert?". That pins the location down a little better and keeps the humor on the desired target.

  5. The ODB couldn't have possibly committed all those crimes.