Hip-hop heads, rejoice!
On the heels of their current critically acclaimed albums, hip-hop heavyweights Cee Lo Green and Big Boi have announced they are teaming up for a co-headlining 2011 tour they're calling “Georgia Power,” a shout out to the utility company headquartered in their home city of Atlanta.
As founding members of their own respective rap sets -– Cee Lo is known for his time in Goodie Mob, and Big Boi is one-half of the multi-platinum Outkast. The two groups formed the collective known as the Dungeon Family alongside production team Organized Noize, a nod to the basement studio where they did their early recordings, and became a force in the '90s Southern rap movement.
“We all lived in one house, eating off of one plate. It was a real brotherhood,” Big Boi recalled earlier this year. “It was like a real rap Jedi school.”
The tour marks Green’s return to his solo career after putting it on the backburner for his duo Gnarls Barkley. His recently released album, “The Lady Killer,” debuted at No. 9 on Billboard's 200 chart after selling 41,000 copies in its first week. Those sales are likely the result of his awesome (and fabulously profane) kiss-off, “Forget You,” which became a chart smash after going viral -- the song was covered on this week's episode of "Glee" by Gwyneth Paltrow.
Big Boi already has been on the road touring his solo debut, “Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty,” which remains one of the year's top-rated albums, according to Metacritic (Times pop critic Ann Powers gave the “pleasure cruise of an album” 3 1/2 out of four stars).
Dates for the tour have yet to be announced, but our anticipation for a Dungeon Family reunion, including a long-overdue one from Outkast, begins right about now.
In the meantime, read Powers' profile on Green and get inside the mind of "The Lady Killer."
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photos, from left: Rapper Big Boi performs Sept. 4, 2010, during the "Heineken Inspire" Atlanta concert series. Credit: Rick Diamond / Getty Images. Cee-Lo (born Thomas Callaway) performs as part of Gnarls Barkley. Credit: Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times