"Gangsta's Paradise" Rapper Coolio Arrested in Las Vegas

He failed to appear in court on a traffic ticket almost two years ago, according to the warrant.

Friday, Mar 9, 2012  |  Updated 5:31 PM CDT
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Coolio, the rapper best known for his 1995 hit "Gangsta's Paradise," was arrested in Las Vegas early Friday morning on charges stemming from an old traffic ticket.

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Rapper Coolio has been arrested in Las Vegas on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court on a traffic ticket almost two years ago.

Police Officer Laura Meltzer says he was a passenger in a vehicle officers stopped about 2:20 a.m. Friday several blocks east of the Las Vegas Strip. No one else in the car was arrested.

Coolio's real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr.

The 48-year-old was sought on a warrant charging him with failure to appear on an illegal stop and driving without a license summons issued in June 2010.

He was freed later Friday from the Clark County jail. His court date wasn't immediately known.

Coolio is a musician, actor and record producer best known for the song "Gangsta's Paradise" from the 1995 movie "Dangerous Minds."

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