The First 'Dirty South' group.
In 1991, Cee-Lo, Khujo, T-Mo, and Big Gipp formed Goodie Mob. Straight out of Atlanta, the group was first featured on Outkast’s tracks, “Call of da Wild” and “Git Up, Git Out,” off of their debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. Goodie Mob coined the phrase “Dirty South” on their first album with a song of the same title. And from 1995 to 2013, Goodie Mob has dropped hits becoming a legendary group who have paved the way for other Dirty South rappers. They recently reunited onstage to take us down memory lane. But before that, the group members dealt with death, ligament amputation, and failed successes.
For those of you who didn’t know what Goodie Mob means, Cee-Lo explained it on the 1995 track, “Fighting,” off of the Mob’s debut album, Soul Food. “Goodie Mob means, ‘The Good Die Mostly Over Bullshit,'” he speaks before adding, “You take away one ‘O’ and it will let you know ‘God is Every Man of Blackness.'”
Soul Food set the tone for who Goodie Mob was and what they stood for. The 19-track album focused on issues of racism, discrimination, gentrification, and other political, social, and racial issues.
Putting Atlanta on the Map
Along with Outkast’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, Soul Food put Atlanta’s rap scene on the map. In 1996, the album was certified gold with over 500,000 sales in the U.S. With three Billboard chart-topping hits “Cell Therapy,” “Soul Food,” and “Dirty South,” Soul Food is considered a classic.