POST BY KAREN ARCHEY
SHAKA-ZULU!!! So yells 90’s rap phenomenon Coolio in his televised culinary exploits–a recent favorable jump on the cooking show bandwagon. Recipient of this week’s Best Link Ever, My Damn Channel‘s Cookin’ with Coolio features the hip hop star preparing hood-influenced cuisine, helped by a sidekick, a gaggle of hot babes and guests ranging from a preadolescent white boy to a comedian so obnoxious he had to be escorted off the set. Coolio, flavoring his nosh with dime bags full of seasoning, titles his dishes “Tricked Out Westside Tilapia,” “Cool-A-Cado,” and “Soul Rolls,” to name a few. (Soul Rolls are Coolio’s first foray into “Blackinese” cooking–a portmanteau of Black and Chinese.) I’m not sure if this falls under Blaxploitation as a category (or if it matters)–Cookin’ with Coolio proves that web TV shows can be more hilariously offbeat than “regular” television.