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Cee-Lo Says Goodie Mob Is 'Fighting For The Civil Rights Of Hip-Hop'

Longtime fans of legendary hip-hop act Goodie Mob already have a release date for the four-man group’s reunion album Age Against The Machine (Aug. 27). Indeed, with their Janelle Monaé-assisted single “Special Education” already making noise, the respected Atlanta representatives—Cee-Lo Green, Khujo, T-Mo, and Big Gipp—are plotting a return-to-form.

“We are very proud of this project,” says Cee-Lo, who is being credited with spearheading the group’s charge back onto the rap landscape following a well-received stint as a judge on NBC’s vocal talent show The Voice, as well as his Grammy-winning success as a songwriter and member of the alternative duo Gnarls Barkley. But the flamboyant music visionary made it known that the first release from the full-lineup of the Dirty South icons since 1999’s World Party is more than just making an entertaining record. He says Goodie Mob wants to inject a more worldly point of view into today’s club-or-bust hip-hop scene.

“I want to elaborate a little more on the [album title],” he says. “It’s experience against the machine. It’s imperative and it’s urgent that we bring about a balance. I believe that we have been activists fighting for the civil rights of hip-hop where we were once not respected as an authentic artform. I think that we proved ourselves worthy. But the spoils of the inheritance have allowed the children to run amok, if you will. It’s like Lord of the Flies out there [laughs]. So therefore, as elder statesmen it’s very important that we just bring a lot of knowledge. This is not to undermine; this is to be an alternative, another option.”

T-Mo echoes Cee-Lo’s view on the importance of a Goodie Mob reunion in 2013. “It was totally God that brought us back and humbled us to be able to grow again as a unit and to do something that hasn’t been done,” he says. “Because there’s not any [hip-hop] groups anymore in the industry. We are the only four-man group in the industry right now…we are an alternative in music right now. We just want y’all to understand that we are trying to make a difference in our music by saying something.”

Goodie Mob is set to hit the road this summer, starting with Washington, D.C. on August 24. —Keith Murphy (@murphdogg29)

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"I AM ALIVE!!!! Somewhat mangled, stitches on left thumb, sprained wrist, hurt knee, but I’m still here! God and two angels saved my life!," the Grammy-winning artist wrote.

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On Friday (Dec. 14), TMZ revealed court documents disclosing Petty's history of disciplinary actions while he was an inmate in New York for manslaughter from 2006 to 2013.

When he entered the correctional facility, he was reportedly written up for creating a disturbance. Later during his stint, he was hit with a slew of disciplinary actions following a series of violent actions that included fighting, making terroristic threats, and "disobeying a direct order."

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