Classics: Goodie Mob
First of all, for people who are stupid and don’t know, can you introduce yourselves?
KG: Yo what’s up, my name Khujo Goodie.
CG: Hello, my name is Cee-Lo Green.
GG: Hello my name is Gipp Goodie.
TG: Hello my name is T-mo Goodie
…thank you very much.
Tell me a little bit about how you got started.
KG: Well. …we got started because we was influenced by hip hop all over the country. From the West Coast, to the East Coast, to the South West, you know what I’m sayin’? From all the way to the bottom.
We got our chance with Outkast. …and after that, Soul Food, Still Standing, World Party. …and now.
(they all laugh. …I, consequently, feel left out)
Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. Was that the beginning?
CG: It was.
…what’s in the works now? Another album?
CG: Definitely another album. …actually right here in Frisco, we just did our last show of this tour, so we’re proud to have, you know, accomplished such a feat. For 10 years we moved collectively, then we reunite and – we come, and see, and conquer.
That’s a good policy.
CG: Yeah we’ve been doing pretty good, and I’m very proud of this past month’s worth of work. It’s like, here we are in Frisco, where we got nothin’ but love.
…so do the good mostly die over bullshit?
CG: They still die over bullshit.
CG: I mean. …I don’t know, I seen a couple people die recently from instances other than bullshit, but a great deal of it’s still bullshit. There’s a few of us still out there dying honorably. We always say, don’t die – die for a cause, not just because. You feel me? Don’t deem yourself expendable. …good God. Where is our self esteem? You know what I’m saying? You know, you either just didn’t have it to begin with, or it’s been taken from you. …and uh, I see the system tryin’ to defeat us, and here we are man, just like, continuing to the strong. To be sane. That’s quite a feat to accomplish.
On that note, did you hear about Guru?
GG: Yeah, we heard about Guru. He’s in a coma right now.
GG: He had a heart attack.
CG: I didn’t know that. Oh man. …last time I saw Guru we was in New York. We was at the Common Sense concert and I had gone there with Foxy Brown. Me and Foxy hung out, and we went to the concert together. …and I bumped into Guru. Damn man, like – I’m such a fan of Gang Starr. It’s crazy cause I was just lookin’ at Do The Right Thing – no, no, no, no, Mo’ Betta Blues, the other day. You know what I’m sayin’? And then on MTV2 they was doin’ a marathon and they played Jazz Thing, which is one of my favorite records from Gang Starr. It’s a well put together record.
That’s news to me. I’m so sorry, I consider Guru to be a friend, he showed me a lot of love, and we just gon’ ride with him. Good gracious.
It was a tough thing for people to hear.
…okay, how do you feel about hip hop in its current state? Specifically Southern hip hop – how do you feel about the Weezy’s, the T.I.’s, the Gucci’s?
CG: Wait a minute though. As a journalist, let me first ask you a question. Then we can dialogue about it. What do you – define the current state of hip hop. Like, what do you think it is?
How do I feel about it, or how am I defining it?
Okay. …how I’m defining it is just what you’re hearing in the mainstream right now. What’s getting radio play, stuff like that. Stuff that’s popular right now.
CG: So has music kind of gotten to a point where we like it, but we don’t love it no more? We used to LOOOOVVVVEEEE it. Right?
Depends. To me. …it depends on what it is.
CG: Well that’s my answer too. I guess it just all depends. There truly is a time and a place for everything. What do we got to complain about? People are being expressive, active and shit. …and we are reacting. I mean like, when that happens, you can’t argue with that, that’s living proof right there. I ain’t mad.
How do you feel about the fact that a lot of those people, the T.I.’s, the Gucci’s, they’ve been influenced by you. Like, specifically they’ve stated, ‘Goodie Mob, it came from them’.
CG: Well that’s just natural law of order because we came first. You see what I’m saying? You can’t help – and the same goes for us. Everything and everyone that came before us is a part of what we do, is a piece of what we do. I wanna say this one time, my homegirl, she’s a biophysicist, and she was tellin’ me that atoms have memory, and that we’re all made up of microscopic atoms basically. She was sayin’ with each birth, there’s not an explosion of new atoms in the atmosphere. We are all regenerating and recycling the same atoms. So like, everybody that ever was, is a part of us. Who’s ever returned gives us the essence we have. You feel me? We can’t help but be derivative of each other. That was the point I was tryin’ to make. …we cause each other. And that’s great. That’s awesome when you think about it.
Who are some of your personal favorites? Not necessarily in hip hop, just in general. What are you listening to? …like if I look in your MP3 player, your 8 track player, whatever it is, what am I gonna hear?
TG: I still listen to a little Bob Marley, a little Steel Pulse, a little Lady Gaga.
(laughter breaks out)
Bad Romance? …alright.
TG: You know what I’m sayin’? A little bit of everything. I’m rollin’. …I got about a thousand CDs.
CG: What about you Gippy?
GG: I think uh – I still like Ice T. Ice T, Public Enemy.
CG: You definitely OG with Ice T.
GG: Poison Clan, Luke Skyywalker.
KG: You’sa OG.
GG: Uh Magic Mike.
CG: …you IS a OG man.
GG: Like, new artists, we listen to T.I., we listen to Gucci Mane, you know what I mean? We listen to MC Breed. …still like some of that No Limit. Cash Money still doin’ they thing. Shout out to them, they still doin’ they thing, holdin’ it down for the South.
CG: Since we are in San Francisco lemme say Sly And The Family Stone is an all time favorite.
CG: Haight Street. You feel me?
CG: See, you don’t know nothin’ about that.
(laughter breaks out)
CG: It’s all good. From Earth, Wind, and Fire …this is a cool way to think about it, we have listened to everything from ABC to R.E.M. Right? Everything from Billy Joel, to Billy Idol. Does that make sense? …but that’s damn near everything.
It comes through in your music though.
CG: I know.
…last question. What do you want the world to know about Goodie Mob?
CG: I think the least of what we would want to do, that we consciously would want to do – cause a lot of things that have happened to us have been kinda compelled. You know what I’m saying? Like, I can’t believe that we’ve done some of the shit we’ve done. Then after I check it out, I see how we could have done it, but still can’t get a gauge or a grip on the way its affected people. Know what I’m sayin’?
So actually at the very least, we just want people to know who Goodie Mob is or was at all. In the least bit, if it cross your path at all, that’s enough. That’s a start.
…people already do (know who Goodie Mob is).
KG: …to know that they was some Southern Pioneers that trendsetted a lot of stuff that’s goin’ on in Georgia right now. You know what I’m sayin’? That damn near influenced the whole world.
Seems like that’s already happened.
CG: It’s funny cause that shit don’t be soundin’ like what we do, but we influenced it. You know what I’m sayin’?
KG: It’s like your kids (music). …they ain’t gon’ all act the same way.
CG: They DAMN sho’ ain’t. …they ain’t. Okay what’s the next one?
That’s it. That’s all I got for you.
CG: You got one more.
…alright. Lemme see. Ummmmmm. You would put me on the spot like this. This is my first live interview.
What’d you like about San Francisco?
CG: The crowd tonight?
In general. The crowd tonight – just being here. Did you get to spend any time here?
CG: Nah, we just flew in today. In time to go and speak on a panel – we spoke out about violence, social services, and things of that nature. We can’t help but to be conscious of that so. It’s like, gat damn, before you know it, it’s right up on your front door (these issues), you know what I mean? It’s like, why would you advocate or glorify some shit you do not want at your front door? You know what I’m sayin’? You feel me?
…and that concludes by interview with the Goodie Mob. All I am going to say is this: Recognize a legend when you see one. Goodie Mob are definitely legends, and it was an honor and pleasure interviewing them. …I wanna thank T-Mo, Khujo, Cee-Lo, and Big Gipp for letting me annoy and/or interview them! Peace.