News: Cee-Lo Names His 10 Favorite "Dirty South" Tracks

Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 1:25PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

 Cee-Lo Green has named his favorite songs from fellow Southern artists such as OutKast and 2 Live Crew, as well as highlighted a song that best represents his home region.

At the top of Cee-Lo's list, he focused on songs from artists that were prominent 20 years ago.

1 - "We Want Some P*ssy" 2 Live Crew, (1986) I was young and impressionable when this came out, and I just could not believe my ears. I'm just wild and loose, so I can really appreciate artists bringing that type of honesty. 2 - "Space Age Pimpin" 8Ball and MJG, (1995) I call 8Ball and MJG ghetto griots. They came from Memphis and they went on to become the first representatives of real Southern rap. This has a real sexy vibe. 3 - "The Piz" Kilo, (1992) An Atlanta pioneer. This sounds like an old Grover Washington, Jr. jazz track or something. It's really slinky and slow. 4 - "Action" Poison Clan, (1992) They were a Miami act, and they sounded very Southern, but they were also very vocabulous: Their songs were full of analogies and wordplay. This is one of my favorite songs of all time. 5 - "Feel the Bass (Speaker Tearer Upper)" Magic Mike and the Royal Posse, (1989) This is just sheer 808 bass drum - the hardest and deepest bass you've ever heard. That was rock & roll to us: to be aggressive and offensive with the bass. It was a hood way of saying, "F*ck you." (Hip Hop Game)

Cee also highlighted 2005's "Stay Fly" by Three 6 Mafia in his Top 10 list.

6. - "Watch for the Hook" Cool Breeze feat. OutKast and Goodie Mob, (1998) It has a faster-sounding, East Coast kind of vibe. With this song, we were blurring the definition of what was Southern -- impressively, I might add. 7 - "Sho Nuff" Tela, (1996) A strip-joint standard. 8 - "Stay Fly" Three 6 Mafia, (2005) That beat! It's a Willie Hutch sample they turned tribal. 9 - "Cell Therapy" Goodie Mob, (1995) Busta Rhymes was in a studio with us and said, "I want to bless you with some knowledge." He gave us [conspiracy-theorist tome] Behold a Pale Horse. So the lyrics are about New World Order and such 10 - "B.o.B." OutKast, (1999) This was just mega, from the energy to the urgency to the groove. It was like "Planet Rock," but more youthful. (Hip Hop Game)

Recently, Cee has been making a buzz with his song, "F*ck You."

With "F--- You" continuing to gain speed online, Cee-Lo and his team are scrambling to keep up. The dancing-words clip that's racked up 1.7 million YouTube plays so far is just a place-holder, he says; a proper video is coming soon, but the singer coyly refuses to divulge any details about it. He's also recorded a profanity-free radio edit to help the song's chances of getting on the air. "It's called 'Forget You,'" he says. "It's pretty close to the original, but not as effective. But it's politically correct." (Entertainment Weekly)

His new album, Lady Killer, currently rests on the sales chart.

Rapper/Singer Cee-Lo Green's Lady Killer took a hard hit this week falling 30 positions down to No. 39 with 24,700. After two weeks, his new album has shelled out 66,200 records to date. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

Check out a past Cee-Lo Green interview below:

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