About that New ‘Goodie Mob’ Song on The Voice Last Night

A long-winded analogy:

You know when you have a friend who lives out of town? The friend from high school you made a ton of memories with? But then you lose touch with him for four or five years. And then, out of nowhere, you get word that he might be visiting town in a few weeks. And then you get really excited and tell all your current friends that this person is awesome and that he’s going to win everyone over. And then the old friend tells you he’s going to show up on Tuesday morning. And you prep yourself for Tuesday morning. But then he shows up Monday night. And instead of you introducing him to your friends, he arrives early and goes out and makes a scene for all to see. It’s not a bad scene, it’s not a great scene, but you hear through the grapevine that it was a scene nonetheless. And when you finally see your old friend, he’s completely different from what you remember. It’s not bad, it’s just different. Oh, and your friend is wearing gold-plated armor.

That pretty much sums up my feelings on waking up this morning to a Goodie Mob performance on The Voice from last night.

When Goodie Mob, the best and most important non-Outkast rap act to come out of Atlanta, announced they’re getting back together, it was exciting. While you’re proud of member Cee Lo Green and all of his success, you miss the days when he spent his time trading verses with guys named T-Mo, Khujo, and Big Gipp. You missed the days when he would have the beautifully soulful, Southern-Baptist-preacher-esque verse or hook on a Goodie Mob, Outkast, or Dungeon Family track. You loved that period in time so much that the reunion news prompted you to tell all your friends, who only got hip to Cee Lo post-“Crazy,” to prepare themselves for a movement. You weren’t sure of when it’d happen, but you figured it was soon. And then you wake up this morning to see the foursome on Cee Lo’s show The Voice, performing a song called “Fight to Win” that starts off like a Black Eyed Peas song, immediately goes power ballad, and then ends like a Gnarls Barkley dance track, all with Cee Lo as front man and the other three members as background singers/hype men.

This should infuriate me, and yes, I’m not thrilled, but I’m also not mad. The song is kind of awesome, and could easily be a hit, but I kind of wish it were just a Cee Lo song. Vocally, with the exception of a few background vocals and the lead-in, it is a Cee Lo song. Yes, one song is just a fraction of an album, but no one should be a fan of “Goodie Mob” turning into “Cee Lo and the Goodies,” even if he’s clearly the most talented of the group. But even with that feeling, there’s no denying the fact that it will start a movement of first-time fans being excited about this “new” group called Goodie Mob. It’s both difficult and exciting to watch, but these are the times. I hope (and assume) the album has more to offer, but then again, beggars can’t be choosers.

Filed Under: Cee Lo Green, Reunions, The Voice

Rembert Browne is a staff writer for Grantland.

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