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Cee Lo Green may be a pop star, but he knows a thing or two about pain.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Cee Lo's father died when he was just two years old. As a teenager, Cee Lo found an outlet in rap. He actually came close to being the third member of Outkast, but ultimately joined another groundbreaking hip-hop group, Goodie Mob.
But just before releasing their incredible debut album, 'Soul Food', Cee Lo suffered more heartache: his mother died due to complications from a car accident. At just 18 years old, Cee Lo was suddenly facing life without both of his parents.
In response, he poured himself into his music. But after a couple more Goodie Mob albums, and two solo records, things looked bleak. In 2005, with no record deal and fighting to save his marriage, Cee Lo hooked up with music producer Danger Mouse and formed Gnarls Barkley. When the duo released the song "Crazy", everything changed.
The song was a phenomenon: A number one hit around the world, covered by everyone under the sun, from Nelly Furtado to Prince. Rolling Stone magazine even named it the best song of the decade. - not too shabby. Gnarls Barkley earned a couple of Grammys, and released another album, The Odd Couple, in 2008.
All that paved the way for Cee Lo's return as a solo artist, and he made the most of the opportunity. In August 2010, he released the first single off his album 'The Lady Killer', the profanity-laced 'Fuck You'. An instant YouTube sensation, 'Fuck You' racked up two million views in a single week, and helped turn Cee Lo's 'The Lady Killer' into one of the biggest albums of the year.