CeeLo Green Wants Beyoncé & He’s Not Afraid To Say It (Video)
Taking risks is a big part of CeeLo Green’s career. Coming from Goodie Mob, the Georgia MC/singer explored acapella poetry, Spoken Word, Jazz, and fully formed ballads on his self-titled debut in 2002. In the years since, the Dungeon Family alum won big when he formed Gnarls Barkley with Dangermouse. A group with modest beginnings through an independent collaboration on Ghetto Pop Life, they dominated the popular consciousness with “Crazy,” and outfits to match, taking on some of the biggest stages in music. Most recently, when CeeLo took a chorus that may have fit Still Standing, and made “Fuck You,” he won over the masses once more, as a soloist.
The last 72 hours would qualify as risks for CeeLo. While he and Danger’ regularly showed up in pop culture referential costumes for public appearances, ‘Lo rolled alone covered in a gold cape, gold makeup, and facial enhancements to the Grammy Awards. As he steps out on his own “Gnarly Davidson” campaign, CeeLo aims to keep some of the magic and unpredictability alive (as he flipped the bird to paparazzi while the Grammys leaving in a custom ’59 Cadillac convertible).
He follows with “Jay Z’s Girl.” The song recreates Rick Springfield’s Top 5 1981 single “Jessie’s Girl.” The popularity of the song has not waned, and its purposing to films like Boogie Nights, 13 Going On 30, and Glee has kept the early MTV classic about lusting for a friend’s girlfriend in constant vogue. Taking a page out of Weird Al Yankovic’s book, Green uses the melody, bridge, and song structure to serenade Beyoncé. This comes just hours after her captivating Grammy performance (and win), as well as the same month her and Jay announced twins.
The video opens with CeeLo apologizing to Jay Z, as a younger “CeeLo” puts away the Reasonable Doubt vinyl. The child actor used in the video shares many of CeeLo’s features. In the record, there’s also a joke about not settling for Bey’s sister Solange. While Jay does not often to respond to concept records about him (just think of Kanye West’s “Big Brother”), one may have to wonder how the “Bey Hive” will handle this one…with stingers out or honey.
Last year, CeeLo included Jay Z in another concept-driven tune, “My Favorite MCs.” The song is actually credited to Little Fun, featuring CeeLo. Gnarley Davidson independently released single “Fuck Me I’m Famous” (which plays at the end of the video, and stars the same actor) early this year, with a shirtless CeeLo, dressed as a Chippendales dancer on the cover.