Release Date: Jun 29, 2004
Record label: Koch
Goodie Mob :: One Monkey Don't Stop No ShowLabel: Koch RecordsAuthor: James CorneGoodie Mob helped Outkast put Atlanta -and the south for that matter- on the map back in '95 with their classic "Soul Food." If Outkast represented the southernplayalisticpimps of the south, Goodie Mob repped the nitty-gritty gangstas. Believe it or not these were the guys who coined the south "the dirty south," and taught us how to 'throw them bows' long before Ludacris.But what separated Goodie Mob was how they took gangsterism to a social scope. Their rhymes married the streets to a college conscious, warehouse workers to art house fanatics, grit and grime to spit shine.
Bounding out of mid-1990s Atlanta at the same time as OutKast, Goodie Mob have always played second fiddle. Now that former member Cee-Lo has successfully gone solo, they risk being outshined by one of their own. The title of their first album in five years, and a CD cover that replaces Cee-Lo with a chimpanzee in a tuxedo, betray their touchiness. Unfortunately for them, comparisons are inescapable.
"Monkey" can be Southern slang for an obstacle, and the title of Goodie Mob's fourth proper CD simply means they're going to keep going as a three-piece. Ain't no thing. But if the public thinks the remaining members of Goodie Mob are portraying departed member Cee-Lo as a monkey, that'll bring attention their label won't mind at all. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show is strong enough not to need the controversy and strong enough to put its kickoff single at the end of the album.