Last Thursday at Ventanas — which has seemingly become the site for every one-off celebration in the city — Cee-Lo Green made the place feel like Playboy After Dark. The Goodie Mob member and vocal half of Gnarls Barkley had his upcoming album Lady Killer on repeat in anticipation of its release next month.
His new interview show, “Lay It Down,” also premiered last night on Fuse. Ludacris was the first guest. The half-hour spot opened with a performance by Luda — toting a bottle of Conjure, his own brand of cognac, in hand — featuring Lil’ Scrappy. Luda then sat down, "Actor’s Studio"-style, to chat with Mr. Green. There were no hard-hitting questions or really amusing moments. Luda, who could have used the opportunity to hype future product endorsements, dropped his rather cliché rapper sentiment: “I feel like the MVP of this game.”
So far, “Lay It Down” needs to raise it up. Sure, it’s refreshing to see musicians in performance mode outside of awards shows, but the overall presentation was way too tame, especially for the host who went viral with a classy little ditty called “Fuck You.”
Fortunately, Cee-Lo was a lot more colorful in person when I caught up with him right after his listening party last week.
On his upcoming album: “Lady Killer is a situation," he said. "That’s what I like to call it. It’s a situation where you have to be dressed for the occasion — or undressed depending: Everybody get on the love train.”
He described his Fuse show as “artists interviewing artists.” Future segments include appearances by N.E.R.D., T-Pain and Janelle Monae.
And yes, he talked about, “Fuck You,” the surprise mega-hit that took YouTube and every other site by storm.
“I can’t say that I thought it would be that successful; but some success. Any time integrity is kept and art is created, it’s a success.”
Who else could include integrity and the f-bomb in the same sentence?
Big Gipp and Khujo Goodie were also at the party. No word on a drop date for new Goodie Mob material, but it is “in action,” according to Green.
Cee-Lo’s third solo album, Lady Killer, drops Nov. 9. New episodes of “Lay It Down” air at 11 p.m. every Wednesday on Fuse (Channel 161 on Atlanta metro Comcast).
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