Age Against the Machine

In the Nineties, Goodie Mob helped put the Dirty South on the map, and while they often played Al Gore to Outkast's Bill Clinton, they did produce CeeLo Green, America's favorite TV soul freak. CeeLo's elastic hype­ness defines the original lineup's first LP since 1999: They thug it up with T.I., rock galactic funk with Janelle Monáe and rap "kiss my intelligent ass" over a Moody Blues sample. The Mob are happily out of step with 2013 hip-hop, going so far as to have nice songs about women; see "Amy," a sunny remembrance of CeeLo's "very first white girl," in which he proves that his crossover powers predated his fame.

From The Archives Issue 1190: August 29, 2013
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