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Cee Lo Green hosting new Fuse show ‘Lay It Down’

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Atlanta’s Cee Lo Green, best known as part of Gnarls Barkley and Goodie Mob, is not just a producer and performer, he’s a music fan.

So when Fuse TV asked him to host a music show, he readily agreed.

“We were mixing and tweaking my album. I was able to do that in the evenings and film the television show in early morning through the afternoons.”

They had a list of acts they wanted and got the ones who could fit it in the schedule. He got a couple of Atlanta buddies, including Ludacris (last week) and Lil Jon (this week), but his favorite was Public Enemy.

He felt bad though that there were technical difficulties and the show took a lot longer to tape. He wasn’t even sure he did a good job. “Without those distractions, I would have been more comfortable,” he said. “I was just flattered to be so close to living legends.”

A couple months ago, Cee Lo released a jaunty, upbeat song which explicitly uses the F word on YouTube. It became a sensation. The official video has been watched 15 million times on top of seven million more for the original video, since taken down.

Radio demanded a cleaned-up version and he obliged. “It certainly wasn’t about radio initially,” he said. “But as they got involved and became interested, we didn’t want to curb the enthusiasm. We made amends and gave an alternative version. ”

The song shot up quickly into the teens of the top 40 chart but has begun slipping. Clearly, some stations are refusing to play it, no matter how likable it is.

“There was some collateral damage,” he said. “You can expect that given the song title. We take the bitter and the sweet.”

“Ultimately,” he added, “the song is about smiling. It’s about moving on. It does have a silver lining to it. It was done in all, clean fun. I promise. No malice whatsoever!”

His next album is out November 9.

On TV

“Lay It Down With Cee Lo Green” 11 p.m. Wednesdays on Fuse

7 comments Add your comment

sogooden

October 27th, 2010
2:14 pm

I liked Cee-Lo’s song. I am quite sure most kids have heard much worse coming out of their parents mouths. To make them happy, call it FORGET You!!!

Hanako

October 27th, 2010
2:19 pm

Rodney, I have to disagree with your first statement. Gnarls Barkley, while popular in the past few years, is not what Cee-Lo Green is best known for. Anyone who lives in Atlanta and is a fan of Southern Hip-Hop has known him for over the past15 years as a member of Goodie M.O.B.

GaPeachy

October 27th, 2010
2:28 pm

Yeah how could you say known for Gnarles Barkley, anyone who is somewhat musically inclined knows Cee-lo Green is most known as the charasmatic rapper in the classic Hip Hop group Goodie M.O.B. and I absolutely can’t wait for his new album to come out. It’s soooo sad the really talented artist don’t get the credit they deserve, especially when it comes to radio air time.

MS

October 27th, 2010
3:04 pm

Eagerly awaiting the album release. I still enjoy Goodie M.O.B the music is timeless. Cee-lo’s solo efforts have been great, I enjoyed the F Bomb song immensely, it was brilliant and fun. I’m not much of a TV person so I doubt i’ll catch his show but i’ll always catch up with his music.

Tammy

October 27th, 2010
3:33 pm

To Hanako: it states, “Atlanta’s Cee Lo Green, best known as part of Gnarls Barkley and Goodie Mob, is not just a producer and performer, he’s a music fan.” Notice the word “and”
Do you need some poosay to help you Cee-LO skrait? downstammy@ymail.com

Kevin

October 27th, 2010
3:38 pm

I must be old. I have never heard of Cee-lo, and I have no idea what Fuse TV is.

Mr. Ed

October 27th, 2010
3:50 pm

@Kevin

I am sure Cee-Lo Green would reply to your post in the following manner.

“Forget You”