Goodie Mob's Five Steps for Saving Hip-Hop
It's been almost ten years since Goodie Mob's Cee Lo, Big Gipp, Khujo, and T-Mo last released an album together. And a lot has changed.
Their funky, forward-thinking approach helped put Southern hip-hop on the map in the '90s and early 2000s. And in their absence, the South has continued to dominate, but not quite in the same way Cee Lo and crew originally envisioned.
Hip-hop has been wrangled and hog-tied by commercial entities, and the message has been diluted with a bottle of molly water. Over the last few years in particular, people turned to party music as an escape from a harsh post-recession reality, but Goodie Mob seems to feel the rap fans have strayed too far and lost themselves.
So now, with their new release, Age Against the Machine, the Goodie Mob dudes are back to remind us all that hip-hop can carry a message without sacrificing the funk.
Be Different, Be Yourself
Homogeneity reigns supreme on the modern music scene. Everyone scrambles to sound just like the new hits and they all end up sounding just like each other. It might not be for everyone, and it will probably be difficult, but being an original will make you stronger. As Cee-Lo says, "I'd rather die than not be distinguished."