Goodie Mob Biography
Since its innovative 1995 debut Soul Food, the legendary Goodie Mob has never played by the rules. Famous for combining sick beats (courtesy of the ground-breaking Atlanta production team Organized Noize), tight rhymes, and thoughtful social commentary, the group established itself early on as a powerful force in the hip-hop game. Along with fellow Dungeon Family members Outkast, Goodie Mob kicked the door open for the Drrrty Drrrty South sound, setting the stage for the current explosion of Southern rap. Now, armed with an outstanding reunion album titled One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show, Khujo, T-Mo, and Big Gipp prove they can still deliver that unique Goodie blend of straight-off-the-block style and soulful content.
“People want to hear something a little more than just party music from us,” T-Mo says. “This project will portray the essence of what Goodie Mob really has to bring to the industry—message bearing songs, positive songs, and spiritual music.”
The album’s lead radio single “Play Your Flutes”—which features Sleepy Brown and Kurupt —is a mellow, psychedelic track that urges young hustlers and gangstas to lay down their arms and channel their frustration into the creative process. “Music has been known for calming the savage beast,” Khujo explains. “Instead of going out there acting on something—pulling a gun out and shooting, and really doing bodily harm to somebody—just pick up some type of instrument and go with the flow.” In addition to addressing the theme of urban violence, Khujo’s verse touches on his recent car wreck, a devastating accident that left him as an amputee. “There’s a lot of feeling, a lot of emotion in those 16 bars,” he confirms.
In keeping with this reflective vibe, “God I Wanna Live” is an uplifting offering that counters the rap industry’s recent lapse into nihilism and fatalism. “Everybody is forgetting about what hip-hop has always really been about—and that’s teaching people new things and new ways of living,” Big Gipp argues. “A lot of the stuff dudes be doing is weightless. Who cares if the beat is doin’ it if you saying the same thing that the next man is saying?” Khujo agrees: “‘God I Wanna Live’ is a signature Goodie Mob song because it has a lot of meaning. It’s unlike a lot of other songs you have out there—that’s just party, clubbing, smoking and drinking.”
The album’s title track “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” channels the group’s characteristic tongue-in-cheek humor to express their intense determination to continue making music in the face of adversity—and in spite of the departure of former group member Cee-Lo, whom they wish well.
Elsewhere, “In Da Streets” gets things poppin’ with straight-up crunk Goodie style. With its high-energy chant chorus and percussive, singsong backdrop, this joint it’s bound to light dance floors across the country on fire.
In the past, Goodie Mob has distinguished itself by providing hip-hop heads with hot beats to groove to and moving lyrics to meditate on.
From the club to the crib, One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show will continue the group’s time-honored tradition of shaking asses, stirring souls, and sparking minds.
“Most artists are here to get the money, and not stand for anything, and not be a role model to nobody,” says Big Gipp. “I really can’t live my life like that. We really want to say something when we get on the mike.”
One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show will be in record stores everywhere on Tuesday, June 29th.