Cee-Lo Green has optioned a memoir with Grand Central Books to be published in 2013, according to a press release. The winning pull-quote from the publisher's statement comes from Cee-Lo himself: “Talk about art imitating life? Enter into the super-natural, the surreal and the extra-ordinary that is CEELO GREEN. Do you think this is by chance? CRAZY? FORGET YOU? After reading this book, there will be no doubt that I am meant to be. CEELO GREEN A.K.A everybody's brother will make you a believer, not only in me, but also...yourself.”
Positivity out the woof! This tome is billed as an underdog's inspiration manual for success. It's apropos, considering Grand Central appears to publish many, many self-empowering books, including quite a few on weight loss and diets. The company is also home to titles by the likes of Shaquille O'Neal, Ellen DeGeneres and Lady Gaga with Terry Richardson. Is Cee-Lo's move from Goodie Mob rapper to social Guru complete with the publication of this book?
Here are a few options for the title of the as-yet unnamed book.
Soul Food According to the source, Cee-Lo will be working on the book with Goodie Mob partner Big Gipp. Given one of Cee-Lo's most touching verses from the Goodie Mob cut Soul Food, this fits right in with the dude's ethos: It's such a blessing when my eyes / Get to see the sun rise / To get further away from where I've been / But I'll never forget everythang I went through. See, what he's saying is he actually won't Forget You. (Get it because that was the name of the song he won Grammys for?) This devotee cut preempted his memoir by almost 20 years and earns an option for the books title:
The IHOP Anecdotes Seems like Cee-Lo is a pretty methodical man, given the lyrics of one of Goodie Mob's best late cuts, Cutty Buddy: I'll buy you something to eat, but you can't break the bank / First time, the gold plate from the IHOP / Then to the inn to umm drop, plop plop, fizz fizz oh what a relief it is / Get it, got it gone, now he out for his. This is also the era when Cee-Lo started on-stage Cosplay. We want more.
The Realest California Raisin Ahem:
Just This Side of Superfly Folks, this one is simple: Cee-Lo's two biggest hits, the Gnarls Barkley cut Crazy and his solo jam F--k You both peaked on the charts at number two. So close, yet so, so far.
How I Got Green Where did Cee-Lo, better known to those closest to him as Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, come up his moniker? Not to say that rappers in the '90s are known for being obsessed with dope, but the immediate hunch is it has something to do with mairjuana pot dope. Or maybe it just fell on him? This pasificst lyric from Bright Lights Bigger City says it all: I'm just going to let something new happen to me.
How To Wear Anything I'm just going to leave this here, courtesy of Patt LaBelle: