It’s been 14 years since all four members of the southern rap group Goodie Mob released an album, but CeeLo, T-Mo, Big Gipp and Khujo will return this month with “Age Against the Machine” with appearances from T.I. and Janelle Monae.
“It’s like getting on a bike and riding,” Khujo told S2S about the group. “Sometimes you have to fall off and build up and get back on again.”
Goodie Mob released three albums between 1995 and 1999 before CeeLo left to go solo. The remaining members continued to record without him. The foursome reunited almost 10 years later in 2008 at a Nelly and the St. Lunatics concert. Big Gipp was touring with Nelly, and the other three members of Goodie Mob happened to be in the building.
“The whole time we was out, Nelly was like, ‘I really wish y’all could just come up onstage,’” Big Gipp said. “None of us really knew if CeeLo was going to do it or not, and when [Nelly] said, “‘Yo, let’s do Goodie Mob,’” everybody came up onstage, and I think it was such a surprise to everybody that night. We didn’t have prior communication that we was going to perform. And it happened in Atlanta, Georgia, where I feel like it was supposed to happen. We reunited at the Tabernacle where we did so many of our great shows beforehand with Outkast and the Dungeon Family.”
The Dungeon Family was formed in the late 1980s in Atlanta and went on to achieve mainstream success through Goodie Mob, OutKast, and Organized Noize, who produced hits for many artists, including TLC.
T-Mo remembers attending Benjamin E. Mays High School with Chilli. “Everybody knew her because she was just a little bubbly student around school. … She was just a real sweet spirit.”
Goodie Mob also has great things to say about Outkast, who allowed them to appear on the duo’s classic debut album, “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik,” in 1994.