The group's name acts as a double backronym. As explained on the track "Fighting" on Soul Food, Goodie Mob means "the GOOD DIE Mostly Over Bullshit".
All four members were born in Atlanta, and the group is based there with the rest of the Dungeon Family, a collective that includes OutKast and P.A. (Parental Advisory). Goodie was first heard featured on several songs from OutKast's first album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.
All four members had a feature cameo in the 1999 film Mystery Men, as a criminal gang known as The Not-So-Goodie-Mob.
Cee-Lo was the most visible member of the group prior to his departure in 2000 (among other projects, he was recording in collaboration with DJ Danger Mouse as Gnarls Barkley), while Big Gipp has made several rounds on other Dungeon Family members' albums, and T-Mo and Khujo form a duo within the group called The Lumberjacks.
Goodie Mob's debut in 1995 was the gold-certified album Soul Food, which was produced by Organized Noize and was critically acclaimed. The phrase "Dirty South", meaning Southern hip hop, was coined on this album, appearing as a song title. The album aired social and political issues such as racism, discrimination, geo-politics, and gentrification. Some songs were lighter in tone, such as "Soul Food," about the band's love of home cooked meals. Along with the album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik by Outkast, this one publicized Atlanta's rap scene. It featured three Billboard Hot 100 singles called "Cell Therapy", "Soul Food", and "Dirty South", the former being the group's highest-charting hit to date when it reached #39.
In 1996, Goodie Mob appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation CD America is Dying Slowly, alongside Biz Markie, Coolio, and Fat Joe, and other hip hop artists. The CD publicized the AIDS epidemic among African American men and was described as a masterpiece by The Source magazine.
The Mob's second album was Still Standing in 1998, on which they continued their tendency towards social commentary, and Cee-Lo's penchant for singing began to show through more. The album was also produced by Organized Noize, except for contributions by DJ Muggs (which would lead to Goodie Mob's contribution on Soul Assassins I) and Mr. DJ. During this period the group made a cameo appearance in the film Mystery Men as the "Not So Goodie Mob", with Cee-Lo crediting himself by his birth name, Thomas Callaway (though he refers to himself as "Carlito Green" in the liner notes). Still Standing was the group's second gold-selling effort. On the front and back covers, the letter "O" in "Mob" contained a silhouette of a hanged man in the center.
Goodie Mob was feeling pressure from the increasing popularity and sales of their fellow Dungeon Family group Outkast. Goodie Mob was signed to LaFace Records's parent label Arista Records for their third album. The record veered away from their gritty style that permeated their successful previous releases, instead incorporating lighter beats and party related subject matter, which many fans perceived as selling out in an attempt for mainstream popularity. The social tone which had pervaded their earlier releases was less present. During production, unhappy with the project's direction, Cee-Lo abruptly left to pursue a solo career. Arista dropped the group following poor sales of the album.
The fourth album from Goodie, not featuring Cee-Lo, was something of a return to their earlier style.The song Play Your Flute closed the album with a laid back flute driven track Produced by J. Wells. Fans were unhappy with the lack of Cee-Lo's presence. Many thought the "monkey" referenced in the title and shown on the cover was a reference to their former groupmate, though the group claims it actually represents the music industry.
One Monkey's poor reception led Big Gipp to briefly leave the group as well, and T-Mo and Khujo released an album under the name The Lumberjacks called Livin' Life as Lumberjacks. The Lumberjacks was actually the original name of the group before the addition of Big Gipp and Cee-Lo, who eventually joined to form Goodie Mob. This is mentioned in several of the cryptic lyrics of Goodie Mob's debut album Soul Food. The album somewhat continued the trend of incorporating deep social commentary within the lyrics of some songs. In addition the Lumberjacks also incorporated the crunk style that by then had pervaded Atlanta's music scene. Though Cee-Lo was still absent, Big Gipp appeared twice on the album to form the trio once again on the tracks Superfriends and 24/7/365.
Age Against the Machine received generally positive reviews from critics, although it did not enjoy the relative commercial success of other efforts featuring all four members of the group.
It was reported that all four Goodie Mob members were back on good terms and have re-entered the studio to release a brand-new album. Cee-Lo and Big Gipp both referenced this in multiple interviews. The four members appeared on stage together on October 1, 2006, following a Gnarls Barkley show, stating that they were back together and on good terms. They are working on an album. Goodie Mob officially announced the group's reunion November 19, 2007, on Atlanta's V-103 radio station.
August 19, 2008 all four members performed on stage together unannounced at the Tabernacle in Atlanta during a free Nelly concert.
On September 19, 2009, Goodie Mob performed for the first official reunion concert at the Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia. The band also played with all the original members at the Smoke Out festival in San Bernardino, CA on October 23, 2009.
As of 2011, Goodie Mob signed with Elektra Records and began to focus on recording its new album. Cee-Lo spoke with MTV News and provided some updates on his upcoming projects. Now that he’s released his solo LP The Lady Killer, Cee-Lo says he’s at work on the long rumored Goodie Mob reunion album with Khujo, T-Mo & Big Gipp. The Dungeon Family member says that the group has recorded about 10 songs already and they’re just getting started.
On March 12, 2011, Goodie Mob performed "Get Rich to This" in Las Vegas, Nevada for part of the Red Bull Soundclash concert that featured Cee Lo.
On April 28, 2011, Cee-Lo brought out Goodie Mob during his performance at Sunfest in West Palm Beach, Florida. The group performed four songs together including "Black Ice (Sky High)", "Cell Therapy", and "Soul Food"
On July 25, 2011, Cee-Lo announced via his Twitter that Goodie Mob's reunion album would be titled We Sell Drugs Too. However, in February 2012 Cee-Lo tweeted that the name has been changed to Age Against the Machine.
On November 27, 2011, Goodie Mob performed at the 2011 Soul Train Awards as a tribute to Heavy D and groupmate Cee-Lo Green won the award for the hit song "Fuck You."
On April 23, 2012, the group performed its new single, "Fight to Win," on The Voice.
On May 1, 2012, the group performed "Fight to Win" on the Last Call with Carson Daly.
On May 18, 2012 the group released "Is That You, God?" as an exclusive track for the upcoming film The Obama Effect. The film is the directorial debut from Charles S. Dutton, which stars Katt Williams, Vanessa Bell Calloway, and Zab Judah.
On May 20, 2012, the group performed "Fight to Win" and "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)" in tribute to Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys during the 2012 Billboard Music Awards.
In early April 2013, articles began citing Cee Lo's manager as stating that a date has been set for Goodie Mob's reunion album, "Age Against the Machine". The album is set for an August 27, 2013 release. Goodie Mob will be on tour in August and September 2013 in support of their new album.Soul Food (1995)
Still Standing (1998)
World Party (1999)
One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (2004)
Age Against the Machine (2013)