In an age of male vocalists who either whisper and croon, or modulate their voices with Auto-Tune and other "pitch-correcting" technology, CeeLo Green is a veritable throwback. He's got a big voice like Tom Jones and a killer personality like Otis Redding. And don't forget that he's a superior rapper, too, one of the best the South has ever produced.
Those of us who have followed Mr. Holloway since his days with Goodie Mob already know this. But for the people who just discovered CeeLo via his work as one-half of Gnarls Barkley or as the engine behind his instant solo classic "F*ck You," you've got some catching up to do. CeeLo is not only a terrific talent, but a hard-working session vocalist game for collaboration, whether it's Swedish electro-pop outfit The Teddybears ("Cho Cha"), new-school Northeast rapper Asher Roth ("Be By Myself"), or comedian Jack Black (see his remake of "Kung Fu Fighting"). And don't forget the fact that he wrote the Pussycat Dolls' biggest hit, "Don't Cha."
CeeLo has put in so much work during the last decade that this modest two-hour playlist can't cover it all. It nonetheless includes a handful of solo hits, lots of guest appearances and even his early work with OutKast and Dungeon Family.