“Weird Al” Yankovic è amato per le sue parodie sciocche, come “White & Nerdy”, ma non tutti quelli che ha falsificato erano fan. Anche se Yankovic si è sempre impegnato a ottenere il permesso prima di dare la sua interpretazione comica alle canzoni di altri artisti, non ha funzionato molto bene con il rapper Coolio. Nel 1996, l’hitmaker di “Gangsta’s Paradise” ha detto: “Penso che la mia canzone fosse troppo seria … davvero … non apprezzo che abbia dissacrato la canzone in quel modo. La sua casa discografica ha chiesto il mio permesso e ho detto no. Ma l’hanno fatto lo stesso” (via Vulture).
Now, after Coolio's tragic death at the age of 59, his strained relationship with Yankovic is in the spotlight once again. Thankfully, the parody artist's new tribute proves that the pair were able to bury the hatchet.
Coolio apologized to Weird Al before his death
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After news broke of Coolio's death, "Weird Al" Yankovic posted a heartwarming tribute to the rapper. Keeping it brief, he captioned a photo of the pair hugging and smiling, "RIP Coolio." In the comments, one fan said, "I'm glad you mended fences before this."
In the meantime, journalist Dan Ozzi pulled up a past interview with Coolio where he owned his part in the feud. The rapper said, "I apologized to Weird Al a long time ago and I was wrong... Real men and real people should be able to admit when they're wrong, and I was wrong, bro." Coolio continued, "I listened to it a couple years after that and it's actually funny as s**t."
Coolio also spoke about his change of heart toward Yankovic and "Amish Paradise" at the Institute of Production and Recording in 2011: "I was like, 'Wait a minute.' I was like, 'Coolio, who the f**k do you think you are? He did Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson didn't get mad" (via Yahoo!). While Coolio's initial problems with "Amish Paradise" were understandable given the roundabout granting of permission and the original song's heavy subject matter, it's great that both artists were able to move on from their issues and find humor in the parody.