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Interview: Cee-Lo (Gnarls Barkley)
Monday, July 31, 2006
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T: You’re both singing and rapping on the album, do yall share production duties too?
C: I contributed two songs to the album. One being Choose Me and another being Home.

T: We’ve covered both your collaborative projects, what are you doing on the solo tip?
C: I’m doing what I would like to call a street album. I think it’s going to be my first all out rap album. But definitely street knowledge, street orientated. I had never done one before and I got that bone in my body I must admit. I want to be able to express that and elaborate on that. And also, I’m working on another solo album along the lines of Perfect Imperfections and Soul Machine, where it’s just more or less an array of things. So, I’m working, man. I got my work cut out for me for the next couple of years. I’m doing a lot but the good thing about it is I’ll be able to do a lot of the projects simultaneously. I just have to initiate them all but they’ll all be heard in a timely fashion.

T: When we were talking to Killer Mike he was saying Purple Ribbon is the continuation of Dungeon Family. How do you feel about that, and what is your affiliation with Purple Ribbon?
C: Well, those are my people and if there's any problem, or any assistance they need from me, I'ma come runnin'. So, that's my affiliation and my dedication to Purple Ribbon, which is an extension of Dungeon Family of course. Them my brothers, we grew up and we started together. As far as Dungeon Family is concerned, I think we all represent Dungeon Family in our individual endeavours and aspirations because we take Dungeon Family along with us. If you see me, Goodie Mob, and Outkast, Dungeon Family is gonna all rush back to your mind. So, I always take a bit of that with me. As far us being formally together, I don't really know when that will happen. So many of us are priorly obligated to these other things we're doing, and our schedules just aren't connecting. It's not something I'm opposed to. I guess I could elaborate further to say that, you got the Witch Doctor, Cool Breeze, Big Rube, Backbone and people want to see them doing their thing. I never wanted any of individuals to be dependent on Dungeon Family or have to wait for a Dungeon Family project to happen in order to be heard. I wanted to see everybody doing their thing individually, as well as collectively. I think when we do more of the individual ironing it will give more of a collective value to a Dungeon Family project...or else at this point it will just be Outkast and Goodie Mob, you know what I mean?

T: There was talk of Goodie Mob signing to Purple Ribbon or to Nelly’s label Derrty Entertainment, what you know about that?
C: Well, there was conversations of the both and actually I’m also up to sign Goodie Mob to my imprint. We bin kinda shopping that around too. It’s just about what’s the best situation. I think the better situation would come from me, if you ask me. It would be that interest that would be all the morale and enthusiasm I would need to get that going. I don’t think I would want do it at Derrty, and I don’t think I’d want to do it at Purple Ribbon either. That’s no insult to either of those camps. But me coming back into it, it’s something I’d have to be in the driver seat on, creatively and corporately as well. That’s the only way it would work for me.




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