No, Coolio Did Not Sign a Deal With Pornhub

"If I want to see porn, I'll put a mirror next to my bed," says rapper, disputing report that he'll release music through site

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Earlier this week, TMZ reported that Coolio had signed a deal with Pornhub to release his new video and debut any of the rapper's new music. And while the Internet let out a collective chuckle, the 50-year-old rapper tells Rolling Stone nearly all of the report is untrue.

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"I don't know why TMZ always has to do that bullshit, man," says Coolio. "I let them into the video shoot willingly and then the first thing they do is talk bullshit about me and try to make me look bad. They were trying to say it was my comeback. Man, I ain't trying to make no fuckin' comeback off some porn." As he prepares for an upcoming tour of Australia, the rapper chatted about porn, sex and music to set the record straight.

So you're releasing a new album through Pornhub...
Hold up. They made that shit up completely. I didn't talk to them about shit and they didn't ask me any questions. That shit was a fuckin' promo song for the website. That's it! I met some executive from Pornhub while he was out [in Las Vegas] for the AVNs. We hung out; he was cool. He asked me to do a song for Pornhub and that was it. It's not even my song that I'm putting out. I'm never doing a new album. I'll probably do nothing but singles. I'm as good as anybody out there lyrically and conceptually and can go toe to toe with the best of them throughout history. But I don't know how much longer I'll be doing it. It's not really fun anymore.

The article mentioned that Pornhub would get to premiere new tracks.
I don't know where that came from. If they pay me enough money, fuck yeah, I'll do an album exclusively for Pornhub. At this point in my career, bro, I don't have nothing to prove to nobody. I've proved everything. I just have to prove some shit to my banker. I have to prove to that motherfucker I can put more zeroes in my account. They constantly come at me on some foul shit. I talked to [TMZ founder] Harvey [Levin] personally, who said, "Yeah, I really like you, Coolio." Well, you don't fuckin' act like it.

Let me tell you something else though: That was one of the most racist days I've ever experienced in my life. We were supposed to shoot the whole video at this lady's house in Whittier, [California]. It's a nice house in a beautiful neighborhood, but her neighbors called the cops because they saw black people going into the house. They filed a formal complaint and it was either, "Shut down the video or somebody's going to jail." I said I feel like I'm in Calississippi. I've been in Las Vegas for five years and I get treated so much better.

You've never really rapped about sex in your career.
I don't know if it's because I'm getting older, but I'm just now starting to rap about sex a lot. I have a song called "Play With the Pussy."

Is that a love song?
No. It's a PSA mixed into a clever, fun song. Everybody's giving the people what they want. There's very few people giving the people now something that they need. Let me play you this song. [Plays recording of a soulful voice singing "Make sure you wash your hands/Before youuuuuu/Play with the pussy/Play with the pussy/Play play play/Play with the pussy."] I have three daughters and I told them if a guy does not wash his hands before he touches you, then he don't respect you. It's funny, but it's also the truth. I want to get Too Short or Tyga on it.

The ironic part is that that song wouldn't be out of place on Pornhub.
[Laughs] Naw, not at all. You're probably right. I will say this, though, about the promo video: Damn. Mmm mmm mmm. They were some nice women sitting around that motherfucker, boy. I don't even watch porn, bro. You know why?

Why?
Because I am fuckin' porn. Why should I watch somebody do something that I could be doing? That doesn't make sense to me. If I want to see porn, I'll fuckin' put a mirror next to my bed. There's 7 billion people on the planet, right? If that's so, then I'm one of the world's 1 million greatest lovers. I'm totally unselfish. I don't give a shit about myself. I'm all about my partner. I'm a pleaser. You can ask any woman I've ever been with and they'll tell you, "He's the motherfucker."

Would you consider partnering with Pornhub as an actor?
No. I wouldn't want to traumatize my kids like that. My daughters would never forgive me. I might as well start pimping.