Cee-Lo releases video to unprintably titled viral smash
Cee-Lo Green has a knack for releasing songs that go viral, which may be the result of writing tunes with hooks centered on acronyms derived from the phrase "fornication under consent of the king." First, it was "Crazy," leaked in 2005 from his Gnarls Barkley collaboration with Danger Mouse -- a song that made mental anguish sound appealing and became the first song to ever top the British charts off digital downloads alone.
Now, he's back with a Bruno Mars-penned soul workout that this family newspaper can't print, even though the odds are that your entire family has already heard the song. Released just a week ago, the ditty is closing in on 4.2 million YouTube plays, a smash so massive that it may inspire OK Go to purchase a new set of treadmills.
You can watch the video at Gorilla Vs. Bear -- complete with Cee-Lo and a trio of pretty back-up singers in lime green dresses watching over a "young Cee-Lo Green" and "The Heartbreaker," a gold-digger-to-be. The plot line is simple, of the sort that concerns your average F. Scott Fitzgerald themes or Kanye West single. Boy loves girl. Girl loves boy, but not as much as she loves "rich boy." Not this Rich Boy.
If you're anything like the rest of America, you'll love it too. And with school starting, it's sure to inspire a lot of kids being thrown out of class.
-- Jeff Weiss
Photo: Cee-Lo Green. Credit: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty Images