CeeLo Green, one of the founding pillars of southern rap group Goodie Mob, makes his triumphant return to the Belly Up stage on Saturday. The five-time Grammy award-winning rapper and vocalist will take over the intimate mountain venue with DJ Incrediboi for a live performance spanning his expansive catalog of hits.
From his flamboyant and extravagant alter-ego, Gnarls Barkley to the well-polished and refined vocal hooks of his headlining self-titled project, fans of smooth, soulful southern rap are in luck this weekend with a chance to see the man up close and personal.
As the tidal wave of southern rap went by the wayside with the falling out of acclaimed duo OutKast, Green carried the torch in his own right while putting his personal spin on the scene. He teamed up with celebrated American producer Danger Mouse to form the Gnarls Barkley duo at the beginning of 2006. This is where Green saw some of his largest success. Together they churned out the hit single "Crazy," which swiftly rose to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. By the end of that summer, the song reached No 1 in the U.K.
In 2010, Green took a step back from the Gnarls Barkley project to release his largest hit single to date. The instant viral hit "Forget You" debuted within the American top 10 — once again peaking at No. 2 — all the while racking up five Grammy nominations for the track as well as a multi-platinum certification in America.
Green is one of those artists who may be past his prime in an era of the flavor of the week and fly by night one-hit wonders within the modern hip hop industry. However, he has a track collection that can make even the most amateur listeners perk up with ear raising, "Oh this is him?" epiphany.
Along with the radio waves, Green has received wide acclaim on television. In 2011, he was a vocal coach and judge alongside Gwen Stefani and Usher on NBC's singing competition, “The Voice,” from seasons one through three. He retired from the show after the fifth season.
General admission tickets are still available for Saturday’s show at Belly Up; however, reserved seating options are sold out. Green will return to the Belly Up stage after headlining a sold out New Years Eve show in 2012. This time around, fans can expect a classic mix of his greatest hits and maybe even some hidden gems. It’s sure to be a must-see show of the summer.
Logan Garrison, who may better be known locally as djlo_g, is giving the sound board a break for a minute to try his hand at words. He can be reached at @djlo_g.