GOODIE MOB: CeeLo Green, Big Gipp, Khujo, & T-Mo
Drop City Yacht Club
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
GOODIE MOB: CeeLo Green, Big Gipp, Khujo, & T-Mo
The pioneering Southern hip-hop group, Goodie Mob, is one of the most celebrated rap acts to come out of the hip-hop hotbed of Atlanta, GA. Formed in 1991, Goodie Mob’s original and current group members include CeeLo Green, Big Gipp, Khujo, and T-Mo, who all grew up together in Atlanta alongside the rest of the Dungeon Family - the musical collective of Southern rappers which includes Andre 3000 and Big Boi of Outkast, Goodie Mob, Organized Noise, and Parental Advisory. After officially joining forces in the early 90s, Goodie Mob put out their debut album Soul Food in 1995, which was certified gold in the US and is recognized as the album that put Atlanta’s rap scene on the map. It was also on their debut album that the phrase “Dirty South” was actually coined and the group also showed fans that they were different by rapping about heavy social and political issues such as racism, discrimination, geo-politics, and gentrification. After the success of Soul Food, Goodie Mob then later released two more albums, Still Standing (1998), and World Party (1999), which were both also certified gold in the US.
Now after 14 years, Goodie Mob is back in the studio finishing a new album entitled, Age Against the Machine, which will be released on August 27th, 2013. The first single off the forthcoming album is entitled “Special Education” featuring Janelle Monae, available on iTunes June 18th, and the new album will also feature fellow-Atlanta native T.I.
The last time fans heard from Goodie Mob was the release of their one-off single “Fight To Win”, which hit iTunes over the summer of 2012 and is an anthem of liberation, motivation and determination to always fight to win in life (a motto that the Goodie Mob lives by). Goodie Mob premiered “Fight To Win” on NBC’s hit show The Voice with an explosive performance in April 2012. Goodie Mob was also invited to perform the new single at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, as a tribute to The Beastie Boys and the late Adam “MCA” Yauch. Additionally, basketball fans will recognize “Fight To Win” as the Official 2012 NBA Playoffs theme song,
and the track was also featured in the campaign to release the Samsung Galaxy SIII.
In February 2013, Goodie Mob surprised their fans by taking the stage during CeeLo’s Las Vegas residency show “CeeLo Green is Loberace” which is live at Planet Hollywood until April 13th, 2013 and is rumored to return for a second run later in the year. The southern rappers will also appear in an upcoming television commercial campaign for the Las Vegas Tourism Board and additionally have a reality TV show in development.
Critically acclaimed and commercially successful, Goodie Mob has built a strong and loyal fan-base and is eager to reintroduce themselves with the release of Age Against the Machine. Goodie
Drop City Yacht Club
Drop City Yacht Club doesn't front. In fact, the California trio—Kristo, A Wolf, and THX—will just as quickly rap about the girl who turned them down as the one that they took home. Writing and producing all of their own music, it's that kind of dynamic underdog honesty that makes these three gents so charming. Towing the line between clever hip hop, sly pop, and a splash of sun-soaked '60s rock, the group cruises down its own lane with a wide-eyed smirk.
As a rapper, A Wolf had already been around the block, independently releasing underground favorites Nitrous Ox and Misiries Company. He wanted to flip the script though. In 2009, a mutual friend recommended that he contact Kristo for production. As soon as the two met in a Bay Area recording studio, they instantly bonded both as friends and musicians. Conversations about music quickly turned into creating their very first song, "The Freshmen", which served as an initial group name until January 2013.
As they continued collaborating, Kristo wanted to focus on rapping, and the duo decided to seek out a producer who shared their vision of "finding a middle ground between The Beastie Boys and The Beach Boys", as A Wolf eloquently puts it. By chance, some of THX's beats were piping through the speakers of an adjacent studio one night, and they knew he was the guy. The Los Angeles-based producer, whose credits include songs for Snoop Dogg, David Banner, Erykah Badu, and E-40, flew up to meet the boys, and they started cutting tracks immediately.
"We're all madmen in our own way," smiles Kristo. "We don't approach these tracks like typical rap records. We're trying to write songs and break rules. We want to shake some shit up. There aren't any boundaries."
"We're all from Cali so it was easy to click," adds THX. "It always felt like it was meant to be because we were all on the same page about doing something fresh from day one."
Releasing music online, they began turning heads from the backpackers to the tastemakers. Their 2011 cut "Hello There" ended up serving as the soundtrack a trailer for the Kevin Hart blockbuster Think Like a Man, while the raw, raunchy, and raucous rapping of "Surf's Up" and "The Fonz" showed the group's dynamics. The first single "Crickets" made it into the hands of Danny "C" Coniglio at Exit 8 Media Group. Immediately excited by the track, he brought it to A&M/Octone, and they decided to release Drop City Yacht Club's music via a joint partnership Exit 8/A&M/Octone. "Crickets" slides from a Motown-style beat and piano buildup into a sharp little story of getting shut down by the fairer sex. Of course, cricket sounds also chirp in the background as the falsetto hook resounds.
"The idea was to tell the truth," affirms A Wolf. "In so much hip hop, everybody's in the club throwing around hundreds of thousands of dollars they don't have and driving cars they don't own. Hitting on a chick at a party who doesn't want to talk to you is a real experience. We've gone through it enough!" Kristo elaborates, "There's a self-deprecating undertone, and it represents who we are as characters. We take our music seriously, but we have no problem making fun of ourselves either."
Their moniker reflects the diversity you'll hear on tape. "Drop City is an old hippie community," explains A Wolf. "We're super zany, artsy and left of everything going on right now. You don't expect us to do what we do so we felt like that part of the name fit us perfectly. Then, you've got the yacht club or the establishment. It plays on opposing ends of the spectrum. You wouldn't find a yacht club in Drop City. We basically go to yacht clubs and get crazy."
Drop City Yacht Club stands out because it can't simply be boxed into one sound or style, yet the music is still so damn catchy. Boasting airtight mic skills and undeniable production, it's a one-two punch that's going to knock listeners out and get bodies moving in the process.
"So much music is made for today," THX goes on. "We want to be remembered for crafting great songs that were popular rather than just pop songs."
"If you can be the soundtrack to someone's life, that's the highest props you can get," A Wolf concludes. "So many artists shaped my life. If we can give people an experience that they hold on to, we're doing something right."