Cee Lo Green Will Return To Goodie Mob For New Album
By Joseph Giannone 2011-07-25 16:42:36
Cee Lo Green has had quite a career change in the past ten years. Before he was Cee Lo Green, he was simply Cee-Lo from the little known Atlanta rap group Goodie Mob. Yea, I’ve never heard of them either until today. In 2000 Cee Lo left the group to pursue his two solo projects 2002’s Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections and 2004’s Cee-Lo Green... Is the Soul Machine. Both of these albums went under a slew of lackluster scrutiny, but the breakout effort for him was his collaboration with Danger Mouse called Gnarls Barkley. When their debut effort called St. Elsewhere was released onto the world, it did two things for the large and in charge pop singer. Everyone realized he was a bit crazy and that he was superbly talented.
In the years since 2000, his talent was understood and he found massive success not only in the music industry, but also in television, by staring in his first role, on the NBC smash hit The Voice. The pop singer has obviously been on a high streak, but the guy hasn't forgot his roots. According to his twitter account, Green tweeted this morning: “Its official NEW GOODIE MOB ALBUM"WE SELL DRUGS TOO!" this fall!!!! Expect nothing more then the same thang!I know u gone love it :).” This is very exciting news, but my cynical side still makes me quite weary about this revelation. For me, it doesn't make too much sense for Green to return to this inferior past. I mean, look how far his career has gone:
You see, flash forward five years and the Goodie Mob hasn't made a new album since 2004's One Monkey Don't Stop No Show, which featured a Cee-Lo less group. The album was mediocre at best and only proved that the group is nothing without its 4th member. This might be great news for the rap purists out there, but for fans of the "Fuck You" hit-maker's solo work, it makes more sense for him to return with Danger Mouse for another Gnarls Barkley album. If you are of the few who are familiar with the early formulation of one of hip-hop's biggest acts, then you know Goodie Mob. After an hour research, I have found that Goodie is a part of the select acts who from Atlanta, Georgia that have spurred artists into a future of successful endeavors, including the far more popular Outkast. Goodie Mob was featured on the Andre 3000 and Big Boi duo’s first album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik in 1994, but the duo went on to fame while they had their 15 minutes.
It's not that I'm disagreeing with the "Crazy" star returning to his roots, but I think he's got so much more talent elsewhere. Nonetheless, even if not many people know his debut outfit, this can be exciting news. After listening to a few of their songs, I can see why a reunion is in order. But with this group being far more inferior than the subsequent projects Cee Lo has been apart of, it will be interesting to see if this becomes an exciting inclusion to Green’s rap career, or a reminder that he should stick with pop music. For those who aren't familiar with the group, here are a few of their most famous songs:
Goodie Mob "Soul Food"
Goodie Mob "Cell Therapy"
It's different right? But sometimes different can be good.