CULVER CITY, California — Cee-Lo is reuniting the Goodie Mob and working on his third solo album, but right now he’s most focused on Happy Hour.
No, he doesn’t have a drinking problem. Happy Hour is his upcoming joint album with fellow Atlanta producer Jazze Pha.
“It’s 60 minutes of well-dressed drama,” Cee-Lo said in explaining the collaboration, due on shelves in February.
“Happy Hour” is also the title of the just-released first single and video.
“It’s really self-explanatory,” Pha said. “You know, the ladies get off work, it’s ladies’ night, so come kick it with us.”
“We’ll be your hosts for the evening,” Cee-Lo added.
Pha and Cee-Lo first worked together on Trick Daddy’s 2002 single “In Da Wind” (Pha as a producer, Cee-Lo as a guest rapper) and then again that year on Field Mob’s “All I Know.”
“We just go back historically for some time, being friends and being cordial, professionally and personally,” Cee-Lo said. “In Atlanta, it’s a community there, music-wise” (see “My Block: Atlanta” ).
Along with co-producing, Jazze and Cee-Lo both sing and rap on Happy Hour. And several of their friends make guest appearances, including Pha protégé Ciara (“Lose Your Cool”) and the Pussycat Dolls, for whom Cee-Lo produced “Don’t Cha.”
The Dolls track, “Disco Bitch,” is an ode to Rick James and was first meant for their album, but Pha and Cee-Lo felt it better fit Happy Hour.
Other guests on the album include Aaron Hall, Mannie Fresh, Keith Sweat and Nate Dogg.
As for that Goodie Mob reunion, Cee-Lo had only this to say: “The near future.”