Goodie Mob is a hip hop act based in Atlanta, Georgia that formed
in 1991 and currently consists of members Cee-Lo Green, Khujo, T-Mo
and Big Gipp.
The group's name acts as a double backronym. As explained on the
track "Fighting" on Soul Food, Goodie Mob means "the
GOOD DIE Mostly Over Bullshit".
All four members were born in Atlanta, and the group is based there
with the rest of the Dungeon Family, a collective which includes
OutKast and P.A. (Parental Advisory). Goodie was first heard featured
on several songs from OutKast's first album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.
Cee-Lo was the most visible member of the group prior to his departure
in 2000 (among other projects, he is now recording in collaboration
with DJ Danger Mouse as Gnarls Barkley), while Big Gipp has made
several rounds on other Dungeon Family members' albums, and T-Mo
and Khujo form a duo within the group called The Lumberjacks.
Goodie Mob's debut was the Gold-certified album Soul Food in (1995),
which was produced by Organized Noize and critically acclaimed. It
was on this album that the phrase Dirty South was actually coined,
featured as a song title. This album touched on many social and political
issues such as racism, discrimination, geo-politics, and gentrification.
Although the album dealt with such heavy issues, some songs still
carried a lighter tone, such as "Soul Food," in which the
crew expressed their love for home cooked meals. Along with Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik,
this album put Atlanta's rap scene on the map. The album featured
three Billboard Hot 100 singles in "Cell Therapy", "Soul
Food", and "Dirty South". "Cell Therapy" is
the group's highest charting hit to date as it reached #39.
In 1996, Goodie Mob also appeared on the Red Hot Organization's
compilation CD, America is Dying Slowly, alongside Biz Markie, Coolio,
and Fat Joe, among many other prominent hip hop artists. The CD,
meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American
men, was heralded as "a masterpiece" by The Source magazine.
 Still Standing (1998)
The Mob's second album was Still Standing in 1998, on which they
continued their tendency towards social commentary, and Cee-Lo's
penchant for singing began to show through more. The album was also
produced by Organized Noize, except for contributions by DJ Muggs
(which would lead to Goodie Mob's contribution on Soul Assassins
I) and Mr. DJ. During this period the group made a cameo appearance
in the film Mystery Men as the "Not So Goodie Mob", with
Cee-Lo crediting himself by his birth name, Thomas Callaway (though
he refers to himself as "Carlito Green" in the liner notes).
Still Standing was the group's second gold-selling effort. On the
front and back covers, the letter "O" in "Mob" contained
a silhouette of a hanged man in the center.
 World Party (1999)
Goodie Mob was feeling pressure from the increasing popularity and
sales of their fellow Dungeon Family group Outkast. Goodie Mob was
signed to LaFace Records's parent label Arista Records for their
third album. The record veered away from their gritty style that
permeated their successful previous releases, instead incorporating
lighter beats and party related subject matter, which many fans perceived
as selling out in an attempt for mainstream popularity. The social
tone which had pervaded their earlier releases was less present;
one track on the album, "All A's," was criticized for reportedly
containing homophobic lyrics; "Everytime son, rhymes too pretty'll
get your mascara smeared. When they did, my buddy Spanky I bust out
in tears. The world would be a better place to live, if it was less
queers. I still see, punk ass bitches.. bitches.." During production,
unhappy with the project's direction, Cee-Lo abruptly left to pursue
a solo career. Arista dropped the group following poor sales of the
 One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (2004)
The fourth album from Goodie, not featuring Cee-Lo, was something
of a return to their earlier style.The song Play Your Flute closed
the album with a laid back flute driven track Produced by J. Wells.
Fans were unhappy with the lack of Cee-Lo's presence. Many thought
the "monkey" referenced in the title and shown on the cover
was a reference to their former groupmate, though the group claims
it actually represents the music industry.
 Livin' Life as Lumberjacks (2005)
One Monkey's poor reception led Big Gipp to briefly leave the group
as well, and T-Mo and Khujo released an album under the name The
Lumberjacks called Livin' Life as Lumberjacks. The Lumberjacks was
actually the original name of the group before the addition of Big
Gipp and Cee-Lo, who eventually joined to form Goodie Mob. This is
mentioned in several of the cryptic lyrics of Goodie Mob's debut
album Soul Food. The album somewhat continued the trend of incorporating
deep social commentary within the lyrics of some songs. In addition
the Lumberjacks also incorporated the crunk style that by then had
pervaded Atlanta's music scene. Though Cee-Lo was still absent, Big
Gipp appeared twice on the album to form the trio once again on the
tracks Superfriends and 24/7/365.
It was reported that all four Goodie Mob members are back on good
terms and have reentered the studio to release a brand new album.
Cee-Lo and Big Gipp both referenced this in multiple interviews.
The four members appeared on stage together on October 1, 2006 following
a Gnarls Barkley show, stating that they were back together and on
good terms. They are working on an album. Goodie Mob officially announced
the group's reunion November 19, 2007 on Atlanta's V-103 radio station.
On August 19, 2008 all four members performed on stage together
unannounced at The Tabernacle in Atlanta during a free Nelly concert.
On September 19, 2009 the Goodie Mob performed for the first official "reunion
concert" at the Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia. The band is
also set to play with all the original members at the Smoke Out festival
in San Bernardino, CA on October 23, 2009.
As of 2011, Goodie Mob has begun to focus on recording their new
album. Cee-Lo spoke with MTV News and provided some updates on his
upcoming projects. Now that he’s released his solo LP The Lady
Killer, Cee-Lo says he’s at work on the long rumored Goodie
Mob reunion album with Khujo, T-Mo & Big Gipp. The Dungeon Family
member says that the group has recorded about 10 songs already and
they’re just getting started.
* Soul Food (1995) (Gold), LaFace Records
* Still Standing (1998) (Gold), LaFace Records
* World Party (1999) (Gold), LaFace Records
* Dirty South Classics (2003), LaFace Records/Arista Records
* One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (2004), Koch
Year Song Chart positions Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
1995 "Cell Therapy" 39 17 1 Soul Food
1996 "Soul Food" (featuring Sleepy Brown and 4.0) 64 31
Dirty South" (featuring Cool Breeze and Big Boi of Outkast)
92 53 8
1998 "They Don't Dance No Mo'" A - 53 - Still Standing
Black Ice (Sky High)" (featuring OutKast) 50 48 13
2000 "Get Rich to This" (featuring Big Boi and Backbone)
- 65 - World Party
What It Ain't (Ghetto Enuff)" (featuring TLC) - 103 -
2004 "Play Your Flutes" (feat. Kurupt and Sleepy Brown)
- - - One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
One Monkey" - - -