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->''Well, hello there. My name is not important. And I'm often asked, what do I do for a living? And I answer, I do what I want. Spontaneity is the spice of life, and I've indulged quite a bit. Now, I'm not above the law, and I'm certainly not lawless. But when it comes to ladies... I have a license to'' '''[[ThePornomancer kill]].'''
-->--'''Lady Killer theme'''

Cee Lo Green (''né'' Thomas [=DeCarlo=] Callaway, b. May 30, 1974) is an American singer, rapper, songwriter and producer. Best known for an eclectic style that combines elements of hip-hop, R&B, and Motown soul, Cee Lo has been active with several groups since the mid-1990s and has won three Grammy awards.

Cee Lo's musical career started in 1991 when he and three friends from his hometown of Atlanta founded the Goodie Mob, the [[TropeNamers genre-naming]] Dirty South rap group. After recording three albums with the group, and appearing as a guest vocalist on Music/CarlosSantana's 1999 album ''Supernatural'', Green quit the Goodie Mob to pursue a solo career. He released two solo albums in the early 2000s, which received little mainstream attention at the time. It was during this time that he began to transition from rap to singing, a change which solidified when he and producer [[Music/BrianBurton Danger Mouse]] formed the crossover group Gnarls Barkley. His first album with Gnarls, 2006's ''St. Elsewhere'', was a major hit, reaching #4 in the United States, with its lead single "Crazy" reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 in the United Kingdom (becoming the first #1 single on the UK charts to get there on download sales alone). The group's second album didn't do as well, however. Cee Lo would also reunite and perform several live shows with the Goodie Mob during this time.

During a hiatus from Gnarls in 2010, Cee Lo recorded and released ''The Lady Killer'', his most successful solo album to date. The album reached the top ten in both the United States and Britain, and produced the enormously popular single "Fuck You!", which reached #2 in the United States and #1 in the United Kingdom. Cee Lo is currently recording new albums with both Gnarls Barkley and the Goodie Mob, and was a panelist on ''Series/TheVoice'' for four seasons.

Solo discography:
* ''Cee Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections'' (2002)
* ''Cee Lo Green... Is the Soul Machine'' (2004)
* ''The Lady Killer'' (2010)
* ''[[ChristmasSongs Cee Lo's Magic Moment]]'' (2012)
* ''Girl Power'' (2014)

With Gnarls Barkley:
* ''St. Elsewhere'' (2006)
* ''The Odd Couple'' (2008)

With the Goodie Mob:
* ''Soul Food'' (1995)
* ''Still Standing'' (1998)
* ''World Party'' (1999)
* ''Age Against the Machine'' (2013)
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!!Tropes appearing in Cee Lo Green's music:
* AWildRapperAppears: Wiz Khalifa appears in most versions of "Bright Lights, Bigger City".
* BigFun: He's only 5'5", but he fits the rest of it. He's a bigger guy and generally seems like he knows how to party.
* BleepDammit: Some edits of "Fuck You!" change the title to "F U", which isn't much better.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: There are several radio cuts of "Fuck You!", which change the eponymous epithet to "Forget You" or "F You", and censor most of the other cursing in the song appropriately.
** For the 53rd Grammy Awards, the song was retitled as: "The Song Otherwise Known As Forget You".
* ChristmasSongs: ''Cee Lo's Magic Moment''.
* ClusterFBomb: Take a guess.
* ConceptVideo: The video for "Fuck You!" shows Cee Lo as a boy, a teen, and a college kid, trying unsuccessfully to woo a gold-digging girl in a diner. In the final scene, he's become rich and successful, and he gets his turn to say no to the girl, who is now a cleaning lady at the diner.
* CoolShades: He's rarely seen without them.
* DeconReconSwitch: "Fuck You" deconstructs the traditional R&B breakup song by abandoning the polite conventions of the genre and telling us ''exactly'' what the narrator is thinking. "Forget You" bowdlerizes and reconstructs the song as a straight GenreThrowback.
* GirlGroup: In concert, Cee Lo performs with an all-female backing band called Scarlet Fever.
* GenreThrowback: ''The Lady Killer'' is largely an homage to the Motown sound.
* HeyItsThatVoice: The single version of "Bright Lights, Bigger City" features a guest rap by Wiz Khalifa.
** "Fuck You!" was co-written by Music/BrunoMars.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Love Gun".
* LameComeback: The majority of "Fuck You."
-->I got some news for you\\
''ooooohhh!''\\
''(petulant grunt)''\\
[-I really hate yo' ass right now-]
* MoneySong: "[[PrecisionFStrike Fuck You]]" is about how he get's kicked out by a girl for not being rich enough.
* MuppetCameo: He performed with special Muppets at the 2012 Grammys, and then made "All I Need Is Love" with the main cast. In return, a Muppet chicken chorus performed "F--- You" in ''Film/TheMuppets''.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Most of his post-Goodie Mob work is best described as "experimental hip-hop", with an ''emphasis'' on "experimental".
* OneHitWonder: An interesting example. In America, "Crazy" was his only mainstream hit with Gnarls Barkley, and "Fuck/Forget You!" has been his only mainstream hit by himself (not counting his guest appearance on Trick Daddy's "Sugar (Gimme Some)" or "Cell Therapy", his hit with Goodie Mob), but he usually ends up in the {{Radiohead}}/FaithNoMore category of musicians who have technically only had one or two hits but are rarely referred to as one hit wonders because of how [[CultClassic cultishly loved]] and critically acclaimed the rest of their work is.
** Note that this only refers to their singles. Most Cee Lo Green and Gnarls Barkley ''albums'' have been hits [[HitlessHitAlbum even if their singles failed to make it big]].
* PrecisionFStrike: "Fuck You!" has more than a few.
** The far less known [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhPVA3AEioE ''Whatever'']] from Gnarls Barkley's ''The Odd Couple'' went this route a good two years before the above track.
* ScullyBox: Inverted with the 5-foot, 5-inch Cee Lo, who usually wears clothes a few sizes too big to exaggerate his small stature and ends up being dwarfed by the ''women'' in his backing group.
* SesameStreetCred: Covered the ''SpongebobSquarepants'' theme for the 10th Anniversary special.
** He also covered "Kung Fu Fighting" for ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''.
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