Cee Lo Green Is 'In' For Dungeon Family Tour

By | On September 09, 2016

CeeLo Green, "Dungeon Family"

Rap supergroup's 'Even in Darkness' celebrates 15th anniversary with a special vinyl album reissue on Friday.

One of the most seminal moments in Southern hip-hop occurred on Nov. 20, 2001. That's when rap supergroup Dungeon Family released Even in Darkness. The album featured such memorable tracks as "Trans DF Express" and "6 Minutes (Dungeon Family It's On)."

And what a power-packed collective it was. The group's members ranged from OutKast's Big Boi and Andre 3000 to Goodie Mob's Big Gipp, Khujo, T-Mo and Cee Lo Green, Killer Mike, Backbone and Slimm Calhoun. At the nucleus: Rico Wade, Ray Murray and Sleepy Brown aka the slamming production team Organized Noize.

Earlier this year, the trio's versatile skill set and impact were spotlighted in the Netflix documentary The Art of Organized Noize, executive produced by Queen Latifah and directed by Quincy Jones III.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Dungeon Family's sole project, Sony Music's Legacy Recordings is reissuing a special vinyl pressing of the two-album set Friday. Then, on Saturday, the Dungeon Family and Organized Noize will reunite at ONE Musicfest 2016 at Atlanta's Lakewood Amphitheatre. Even in Darkness can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

Taking time out between various DJ gigs and developing projects under his Mothership Entertainment Group banner, "lifelong Dungeon Family member" Cee Lo Green reminisced with Billboard.

Fondest Dungeon Family memory: Back then, we were doing these large collective recording sessions where all we'd all be recording in the same booth -- as opposed to people sitting out in the couch area or listening in the sound room. We'd all be sleeping on the floor in the booth, doing verses and adding various nuances to the backgrounds. You would have to see a visual but those were funny moments. Everyone was a bunch of jokesters. There was camaraderie among everyone. It's a missed aspect that was essential to what we were able to create while producing in that environment.


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