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Written by  //  November 15, 2010  //  Music Category  //  14 Comments



 “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

 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  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,  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 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.

-Morgan King

“F*ck You” official music video


  1. Amy Berry May 21, 2011 at 3:10 AM · Reply

    After reading that Cee-Lo was a uncaring, torturous individual in his youth- I wonder now, does he regret it enough to make amends through charities for violence victims, animal rights or education against these horrible acts? I was/ am a fan- but was mortified to read this bit about his life. We all have bad times, but don’t resort to traumatizing people or torturing defenseless & already scared animals. It takes an especially demented person to do those things- he was old enough to know better. SHAME ON YOU CEE-LO!

    • WaltripWoman May 29, 2011 at 3:23 PM · Reply

      I agree. I was really disappointed to read this admission about torturing animals and terrorizing people. Cee Lo, I sincerely hope that you are using this newest success to openly pledge your support to animal causes everywhere. I understand that the trauma in your life could lead you to horrendous behavior, but it’s time to literally pay for what you did to animals.

    • ct July 13, 2011 at 12:34 PM · Reply

      Cee-Lo needs your attention. “Crazy” was a breakthrough song. He manufactures a niche by continually mentioning ‘maniac’ references. This builds him a rep; people tune in wondering if he’s a sick dude, or what. Smart marketing. Look at this interview from yesterday. Female interview asks a potentially rough question “why the name ‘ladykiller’ “? Cee-Lo responds by telling her he follows her online and knows what size she wears.
      That begs the question – is he a crazy stalker? It also warns the woman by intimidation – ‘don’t try to insinuate that I’m not sexy, or that I need to explain myself on that score.’ All speculation, but Cee-Lo is an Alpha-man & underdog. While on the Voice, offset he responded to a female reviewer panning one of his concerts by tweeting f*bombing her and telling her she was ‘gay and threatened by his masculinity.’ He likes to push this edge… he’s an obese, albeit very talented and funny man, and he has a mean streak. He’s bully-competitive in the music industry. He may be another Mel Gibson just waiting for the full public meltdown.

  2. XYZ May 30, 2011 at 10:16 AM · Reply

    A useless eater, a total moron. Idiots are those who buy his “music”, putting more money in his pockets. I dont know if he said it for publicity or not, but in a REALLY CIVILIZED SOCIETY THIS IDIOT SHOULD HAVE BEEN KILLED OR STERILIZED.

  3. jude June 8, 2011 at 12:13 AM · Reply

    I am with you!!!!! I was a fan of his until I read what he did. I am so upset that someone like him is successful. Any one who can do what he did should not have ANY rights or good luck. I will never spend another penny on his CD’s again and will spread the word to all my animal right’s friends. Shame on him for hurting animals and people.

  4. Charles W. July 5, 2011 at 3:35 PM · Reply

    Am I the only one that sees how ludicrous it is that people are only taking offense with the fact that he tortured animals. Don’t get me wrong, torturing animals is a despicable act, but come on beating up homeless people and other random pedestrians is much more wrong. I love animals, but if I had to choose between saving a human or an animal I’m picking the human every time. No matter who it is.

  5. Amy Berry August 7, 2011 at 1:30 PM · Reply

    Hello! I just wanted to point out that not just the animals of abuse were mentioned in mine & others posts. I firmly believe that he should be contributing lots of cash, volunteering and making public service announcements speaking out against violence and abuse towards both animals and people alike. My heart ached for days wondering about the victims of his article- both 2 and 4 legged~ (because that’s just the type of person *I* am and always have been.)

    I still don’t understand his need to publicly announce what was in that article. If I were him I would be completely ashamed, not air my ‘dirty laundry’ in an article, and quietly find a way to give back. If he was going for shock value- he achieved his goal. Otherwise he looks like any other ‘bad’ person who starts off hurting others. It’s certainly not ‘gangster’, does nothing for his ‘street cred’, and only brands him as abusive. I do believe that the things you do as a young person only show your true colors, especially if you’re old enough to know better.

    Sure- people change, but evil is to the core.

    In my humble opinion, of course…

    • los September 17, 2011 at 10:23 PM · Reply

      I have to disagree with you. I felt bad for those people and animals he hurt aswell, but it takes strength and courage to bea able to admit and come clean. like you said, this article didnt improve his street cred or rep so his only motives were mature ones aimed at explaining his story of redemption. Also, the capacity of evil is in us all. I dont want to get into a philosophical argument, but no matter what you believe in, you should believe in forgiveness.

  6. Mercy August 15, 2011 at 5:32 AM · Reply

    You people are hopeless…the point is not that he did awful things…that much is apparent….the point is that he is a totally different person today, and that he gained his salvation through his experiences with music. He was a very young and unstable person when he did all of those things, and he is a sophisticated intellectual, and talented artist today. The point you are supposed to gain from those statements is that everyone can turn over a new leaf, and that rather than running from your past, or letting it define you, you should embrace it for what it was and reflect on it as a gauge upon which to determine how far you have come. Not to pass judgment on him for admitting his wrong doings. You must be idiots for saying I don’t like him for admitting his past and I won’t support him anymore because he just admitted this darkness with such a sense of contrition, he better do this and that…wake up you delusional bunch of lemmings…those experiences are the pain and shame which have given his music the cutting edge which lured you in to reading this article…the very admission of those acts means that he obviously isn’t proud of his past, because you didn’t have to know, and he didn’t have to tell, since he doesn’t do that anymore…Let he who is without sin cast the first stone….you people never learn….hopeless…Go get a sense of artistry and while you’re at it see if you can find yourself a taste of real life, because its apparent that none of you have one!!!!

    • los September 17, 2011 at 10:18 PM · Reply

      I couldnt have said it better. That is exactly how i felt when reading this. of course i dont condone any of those things Cee Lo did, but I have no right to judge and neither do those other commenters. Just by listening to his music you should know that he didnt have a normal happy childhood, but like Mercy said, he has grown from it and become a better person willing to admit his wrongdoings.

  7. Thomas November 12, 2011 at 11:10 PM · Reply

    The thing about mugging and beating people docent matter to me as if your in danger by him or some one else you fight back and if you don’t your weak and your faith in god and the system is a flaw so untied you should be eliminated.but to hurt sweat animals that only love and know nothing of human emotions besides love and sadness need no such evil treatment so shame on you cee-loo shame on you

  8. Tim January 2, 2012 at 1:15 PM · Reply

    To those of you saying that we should like him now bc he’s changed:

    People don’t change. I always knew there was something about this guy I didn’t like (and please don’t call me a racist bc we’re the same race). I don’t depend on vibes though, so I looked up info about him and now I read this! It takes a certain personality type to mug people. It also takes that personality type to torture animals.

    An act like that is extremely difficult to forgive. The only way I could forgive him for it is if he personally adopts a few animals in need of a home or at the very least donates a large sum of money to a shelter or ASPCA. Words saying “I’ve turned a new leaf” are cheap. Actions speak.

  9. CeeLo say it ain't so August 5, 2012 at 1:51 PM · Reply


    “”The only way I could forgive him for it is if he personally adopts a few animals in need of a home or at the very least donates a large sum of money to a shelter or ASPCA. Words saying “I’ve turned a new leaf” are cheap. Actions speak.””

    EXACTLY !! If he’s truly sorry, then he’ll DO SOMETHING TO MAKE AMENDS. Forgiveness is a two way street – the abuser needs to right the wrongs that s/he did through actions of kindness towards the victims. If those animals were tortured to death & those people were unknown, then they’re not around to treat with kindness anymore, so he should contribute alleviating the pain/suffering of homeless animals and people who were victims of voilent crimes.

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