By Jayson Rodriguez, with additional reporting by Steven Roberts
Cee Lo Green is moving backwards.
The urban author of songs like soul-piercing “Crazy” is taking it back to the early days of his career and reclaiming his MC namesake after continuously being mistaken for Gnarls Barkley.
“I think that there were very genuine and general concerns with building the brand of Cee Lo Green,” the Atlanta lyricist told MTV News. “Because Gnarls Barkley didn’t do that, it built the Gnarls Barkley brand. I’ve even seen a few Twitter messages saying, ’Why did Gnarls Barkley change his name to Cee Lo Green?’ But you know, understandably, there’s that kind of disconnect. So in terms of executive decisions, it was about starting from scratch and making sure that the brand we launched was seen in the right light, finally. “
The result is his latest effort, The Lady Killer, a 14-song set that’s heavy on Cee Lo Green the solo star and features the kiss-off song of the century in the stirring “F— You,” produced by Bruno Mars’ production outfit, the Smeezingtons.
To celebrate the former Goodie Mob member’s reclaimed independence, Cee Lo and OutKast MC Big Boi plan to hit the road soon via a joint outing titled Georgia Power, culled from the electric company of the same name in the Peach State.
The two veteran artists will share top billing—Big Boi has been on the road promoting his latest effort, Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty—and undoubtedly imbue fans with the Dungeon Family flavor their respective crews were known for during the mid ‘90s.
As of press time, no dates for Georgia Power have been announced.
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