"The Life And Times Of Prophecy"
Ya know, I’m rather upset to hear that the sound man at Coachella’s main stage pulled the plug on Cee-Lo this weekend. So what if he was a little late. He obviously has no idea how powerful a dude Cee-Lo really is. And unlike Lauryn Hill, he’s actually cared enough to make some music in the last decade.
For those of you who don’t know, Cee-Lo first appeared on Outkast’s debut album “Southernplayalisticadillacfunkymuzik” on the song, which crazy to say was release 17 years ago, the anniversary coming on April 26th. Aside from Cee-Lo’s distinctive voice on the hook, he starts the entire song out with :
I don’t recall, ever graduatin at all
Sometimes I feel I’m just a disappointment to y’all
And have you ever heard Goodie Mob’s debut album “Soul Food”, remember? The other Dungeon Family group also produced by Organized Noize? That entire album opens up with Cee-Lo singing “Free” in true Negro Spiritual style. And I would have to tell you, if you didn’t know God before hearing this song, you might have started to open up.
Lord it’s so hard living this life
A constant struggle each and every day
Some wonder why I’d rather die
Than to continue living this way
Many are blind and cannot find
The truth cause no one seems to really know
But I won’t accept that this is how it’s gon’ be
Devil you gotta let me and my people go
And the song’s first track “Thought Process” was a deeply heartbreaking expression of pain suffered by those in the world we’re living in, but the blessing of an incredible thought process that is birthed through such trials and ordeals. Cee-Lo’s verse was one of the most powerful I had ever heard about that time, especially where he said
“That little money be gone, God damnit I’m grown
Gotta help keep the heat and the lights on
It would be nice to have more, but I kinda like bein’ poor
At least I know what my friends here for”
So to the punka$$ soundman who obviously doesn’t know who he was really dealing with… Eff you and Eff her too.
That’s why you’re stuck as a soundman doing a gig once a year, and not being a respected member of the Hip-Hop and Music community for nearly 20years. Must piss you off to see Cee-Lo killin the game huh? Well, Cee-Lo is not an overnight success. He’s a dude who’s been spreading the power of his spirit for almost 2 decades. Get yer facts straight homey. And Coachella, find another punka$$ b!tch.