Dungeon Family PART ONE (pg. 9)

On the 15th floor of The London hotel in Manhattan, Bernard Parks Jr. is spinning his Blackberry around on a glossy table. “Goodie Mob was a family,” he says of the group that split 10 years ago. The son of two prominent Atlanta attorneys, Parks tried to introduce Goodie Mob’s Khujo to his mother to talk about entertainment law. The rapper showed up to the meeting with a 40-ounce in his hand. “This ain’t gon’ work,” Parks said. “Y’all need some help.”

In 1995, Rico made Parks Goodie Mob’s official representative. Parks had no clue what he was getting into. “When I came on with Goodie Mob, they was trying to do a publishing deal that day,” says Parks. “I was like, Y’all are fucking crazy!”

In four years they released three albums—1995’s Soul Food, 1998’s Still Standing, and 1999’s World Party––all of them certified gold. Rico says their live show was “way better than OutKast.” At their peak, they did shows with the Fugees and the Notorious B.I.G., cashing handsome checks––and, sometimes, dropping Ecstasy.

“We were popping ecstasy before niggas know what the pill was,” says Gipp. It began while they were on tour with the Bad Boy Family in ’95. “Ex makes you feel like….” He laughs. “You’re in euphoria, shawty. Everything feels 10 times better. Ex makes the sex spectacular!”

But after the World Party tour, Cee-Lo decided to go solo. “We were on the tour bus,” he recalls. “I said, ‘I want to do a solo record next,’ and T-Mo said, ‘Me, too.’” For their manager, this artistic restlessness couldn’t have come at a worse time. Parks had publishing and recording deals on the table that were jeopardized by rumors of tension within the group. “People calling me saying, ‘Hey man, I’m hearing shit is falling apart over there.’”

Meanwhile, Goodie Mob was branching out from Organized Noize. “We hung with D-Dot [of Bad Boy],” says Gipp. “DJ Muggs [of Cypress Hill]. We even talked to Dre.” But their aspirations took a toll on Dungeon Family ties. “We were hurt,” Dee Dee says. “How they gonna come by our house every day getting beats, and then when they get a budget, you want to low-ball us?” It didn’t help that many saw Cee-Lo as the star of the group. “People would come up to me and say, ‘I like the group, but I love you!’” he says. “I’d be like, Damn! Not in front of the fellas!”

In 2002, Cee-Lo released his critically acclaimed solo debut on LaFace, Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections. But even after Cee-Lo’s departure, Parks’ job as manager didn’t get any easier. “They was wildin’,” he says. And when it seemed that things could not get any more chaotic, T-Mo got a call early in the morning of June 25, 2002.

“My phone kept ringing and ringing,” T-Mo recalls. “I looked at the phone and saw KHUJO. I answered, and it was his wife.”

Khujo’s spouse also called Dee Dee, “pregnant and crying,” Dee Dee recalls. “She said come be with her at the hospital.” Khujo had been in a car accident. After dropping off friends following a session at the Dungeon, he fell asleep behind the wheel and hit a median, leaving his right leg looking “like ground beef.”

Khujo remembers very little of the accident. “Somebody had to cut me out of the car,” he says. “I didn’t know if it was going to explode.” The leg had to be amputated. L.A. Reid covered the hospital bill, and the tragedy brought the Family together for a time. “I remember seeing Cee-Lo and [Andre 3000] in the lobby of the hospital and hugging both of them,” Dee Dee says. “Nothing else mattered at that moment.”

From the Web

More on Vibe

Dave Chappelle Personally Provides Tickets To Couple Who Were Scammed On Craigslist

One couple's Valentine's Day was made thanks to Dave Chappelle after they were scammed out of $500 dollars on Craigslist trying to buy the tickets to see the comedian.

Diedra and Eddie Dickens story was brought to light by WBTV on Wednesday (Feb. 13) when the couple shared how they were robbed online. In an effort to surprise her husband for Valentine's Day, Diedra attempted to buy tickets to see Chappelle on Valentine's Day after hearing he would perform in their hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. After she was unable to find tickets on Ticketmaster, she tried Craigslist where she found a perfect match for her and her husband, who would've needed a wheelchair accessible seat.

“They were seats one through four so those would be great because I could put my husband in seat one at the end of an aisle and that kind of good stuff,” she said.

But after sending $500 via Apple Pay to the seller, she never heard back. Diedra filed a police report after she was unable to get in touch with the seller.

“I was having good faith and it cost me $500,” she said. “You have no empathy or goodness, or I don’t know, maybe no soul."

After their story was shared on the local news, Chappelle's team caught wind of what happened and decided to surprise the couple on Thursday (Feb. 14), who decided to have dinner with friends.

Last night we told you this Charlotte couple was scammed out of hundreds of dollars trying to buy @DaveChappelle tickets on Craigslist. Tonight we were there as DAVE HIMSELF hand-delivered the group tickets! Awesome! @WBTV_News pic.twitter.com/tHMElvDcZE

— Alex Giles WBTV (@AlexGilesNews) February 15, 2019

Shocked and amazed, the couple was thrilled to meet the comedy legend who hand-delivered real tickets to his show. He chatted and took pictures with the couple while sharing the importance of buying tickets from credible platforms.

"Someone on my team called me, actually last night, and told me about this situation and we thought it'd be fun to do that for someone for Valentine's Day," he said to WBTV, who helped him find the couple. "I didn't expect to be on the news doing it but I'm glad, that's good. It's good that people know to always get your tickets from reliable sources and take every opportunity that's presented to you to be kind, especially if it's something that's easy to do."

Here’s a portion of our interview with @DaveChappelle. Great quote - “Take any opportunity that’s presented to you to be kind, especially if it’s something easy to do.” @WBTV_News pic.twitter.com/3344hqrQ19

— Alex Giles WBTV (@AlexGilesNews) February 15, 2019

Check out the good deed above.

Continue Reading

Animated Music Video XXXTentacion's "Sauce!" Is Released

A video for XXXTentacion's "Sauce!" has been released with animated flair.

Directed and animated by Tristian Zammit, the video blends various styles of anime with images of the rapper floating in the air. The song stems from the late rapper's latest posthumous release, XXXTentacion Presents: Members Only, Vol. 4. The project features friends and supporters of the rapper like Ski Mask the Slum God and affiliates Flyboy Tarantino, Kid Trunks, Tankhead, Bass Santana and more.

His affiliates are currently on a Members Only vs. The World tour, kicking off last month in California and bowing in Boston March 10.


View this post on Instagram



A post shared by “Moon” (@yungboitrunks) on Jan 1, 2019 at 5:00pm PST

This is XXXTentacion's second posthumous release since his death in June 2018. Skins was released with fans taking the album to the top of the Billboard charts, moving 132,000 equivalent albums. His tangled history with domestic violence has continued to play a part in the young rapper's legacy. At the Grammys, the 20-year-old's name wasn't included in the "In Memoriam" segment over his history of domestic violence.

Sources confirmed the reason to Variety while Academy president Neil Portnow previously shared thoughts on the possibility that XXXTentacion would or would not be included. The rapper's name was however on the longer list of late musicians on the Grammys website.

“I will tell you it’s a daunting challenge,” said Portnow. “We track those that we lose in our industry in any given year and then we have a process by which we go through it. Our on-air in memoriam — we’re lucky if we wind up [featuring] 10 to 15 percent of those we lose. Because it’s always hard choices. All of that is to say, I don’t have any answers for you now, but obviously, artists who were prominent and well-known by the public are people who are recognized and we’ll just wind up having to see how it plays out.”

Continue Reading
Getty Images

Childish Gambino Announces New European Tour Dates With H.E.R.

Childish Gambino has added a handful of international dates to his "This Is America" tour with fellow Grammy-award-winning singer H.E.R.

Announced through his creative agency and management team wolf + rothstein on Instagram Friday (Feb. 15), the dates will be a delight to fans in Paris and London. Gambino and H.E.R. will perform at the London's O2 Arena March 24 and March 25 and will reach Paris' AccorHotels Arena March 27. The announcement comes fresh off of the artists' big wins at the 2019 Grammys.

Gambino took home four gramophones including Best Music Video for "This Is America" as well as Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance. He also made history as "This Is America" was the first rap record to take home Record of the Year.

H.E.R.'s debut at the Grammys was just as bright as the VIBE cover star took home Best R&B Album for her eponymous double-EP. She also took home an award for Best R&B Performance with Daniel Ceasar for their lovely duet, "Best Part."

Speaking with VIBE, H.E.R. dropped a few hints about an upcoming European tour and plans to release her debut studio album.

“I’m so thankful for all the stuff that happened in 2018 and now 2019 is even crazier,” she said. “There’s so much going on, so many places that I’ll be going to that I haven’t seen, but I’m definitely going to drop an official album, a real album because the projects that I dropped weren’t even official. They were just EPs and it’s about elevation this year.”

Meanwhile, Gambino shared a piece of new music during his new Google Pixel 3 ad titled, "Human Sacrifice." The ad feature's the platform's latest "Playmoji" creation with Gambino dancing off against his.

Check out the tour announcement below and cop tickets here.

Continue Reading

Top Stories