CEE-LO GREEN: HAS SOMETHING TO TELL YOU!!
Cee-Lo Green: HAS SOMETHING TO TELL YOU!!
“I see you driving ’round town with the girl I love and I’m like, f*ck you!”
These lyrics from Cee-Lo Green’s new single, “F*ck You” speak out for the bitter ex’s of the world. It’s a statement to their former lovers’ significant others. Music critics have compared this undeniably catchy song’s background music to the legendary R&B group Jackson 5.
Cee-Lo’s blunt lyrics contrasted with a feel-good soul sound, has caused the song to go viral on the Internet. “F*ck You” was played on YouTube over two million times within the first week of its release and now it has over 19 million views, according to reports. The Wall Street Journal even commented that the song maybe “the best rock and pop single of the year” and its popularity has led to a response song featuring rapper 50 Cent. The rapper freestyles a 30-second intro to the song, taking on the role of the ex’s new lover.
But, who is the man behind this new emotion-filled song? Thomas De-Carlo Calloway aka Cee-Lo Green has experienced all aspects of the music business. He has played the role of a rapper, a singer and a songwriter. In the past, Cee-Lo has been a member of two singing groups, and then he went solo and created three albums. He has songs featured on movie sound tracks such as “Sex in the City 2” and the “Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” and he is currently working as a co-producer for a collaboration album.
As a native of Atlanta, Ga., Cee-Lo, experienced tragedy in his youth that can be traced through his early music career. He was the son of two Baptist ministers but never got to know his father who died when the singer was only two years old. His childhood frustrations can be seen in his early-life “hobbies” which included torturing stray animals, beating up homeless people, and mugging pedestrians.
“I was a kleptomaniac, pyromaniac, just a plain maniac,” Green said in an interview on Blender.com.
After his mother was paralyzed in a car wreck, he took care of her as much as he could and turned over a new leaf as a robe-clad street preacher briefly. Dropping out of Benjamin E. Mays High School, he and three other previous dropouts from the same school formed the group, “Goodie Mob,” where he got his big break. Unfortunately, his mother died before their first album’s release in 1995, leaving Green in a state of depression.
“Goodie Mob,” began to take off but Green grew restless and broke away from the group, leading to his first solo record in 2002. The record, “Cee Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections,” did not sell as well as planned and neither did his following album, “Cee Lo Green…Is the Soul Machine,” in 2004.
Feeling disappointed for the second time in a row, he considered becoming a songwriter full-time after drafting songs for popular artists such as the Pussycat Dolls’ song “Don’t Cha,” as detailed on Blender.com. But Green decided to stick with performing and became a part of the duet group “Gnarls Barkley” which includes Danger Mouse, a DJ from New York.
“Gnarls Barkley’s” music mixes neo-soul with hip-hop and has an alternative rock edge. The eccentric duo is known for their quirky costumes including dressing up as athletes, celebrities, or movie/television characters during each performance and photo shoot. “Gnarls Barkley’s” first collaborative album, “St. Elsewhere,” was an instant success in the United States and UK. It entered UK charts at #1 and broke records with its hit-single “Crazy.” “Crazy” is the first single to go straight to #1 in the UK based on digital download sales alone,” according to Nielson SoundScan. “Crazy” also steadily arose on top charts in the United States and brought the group huge commercial success.
In November 2010, Cee-Lo branched out once more for the release of his newest solo album titled “The Lady Killer,” which features his notorious single “F*ck You.” “The Lady Killer” features songs for every emotion under the sun be it pain, yearning, anger, sarcasm, love, lust, or frustration,” according to the artist’s official website, Ceelogreen.com. Cee-Lo is also collaborating with producer Jazze Pha to release an album called “Happy Hour.” The album will feature artists such as the Pussycat Dolls, Keith Sweat, Nate Dogg, and Aaron Hall.
“We like to call it 60 minutes of well-dressed drama,” said Jazze Pha in a Billboard.com interview. “It’s grown music [but] young soul — that’s what Cee-Lo likes to call it. It’s refreshing and nostalgic.”
Green has been in constant collaboration with some of the best in the music business and has experienced success while working with others as well as working solo. He brings an undeniable charisma and talent to each album he releases and each song that he sings. No matter what he does, Cee- Lo Green does it with a style and personality that can never be duplicated.
“F*ck You” official music video