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Rapper Coolio Rests Before USO Tour

December 24, 2001

BEND, Ore. (AP) _ Rap star Coolio hit the slopes of Mount Bachelor this week for a little rest and relaxation after a USO tour in Kuwait.

``It’s a country that is still at war,″ Coolio said, adding that he was driven everywhere by armed guards. ``It didn’t bother me _ I got people driving next to me with guns every day. I’m from L.A.″

When he got an invitation to perform at Club 97 in Bend, he had only one question: ``Do I get to go snowboarding?″

He spent Friday on the slopes before heading to the club to perform songs from a new album, ``Coolio 2002,″ which he calls his best yet.

``I just get better, I think. If you get wise, more experienced at things, you should get better.″

Coolio also has two movie cameos next year and a celebrity spot on the television show ``Fear Factor.″

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