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CeeLo looks back

The book jacket of rapper and style guru CeeLo Green's new memoir, "Everybody's Brother," is coated in glossy chrome and hot-pink manuscript, a color palette not unlike the singer's flamboyant attire on "The Voice."

In the book, the six-time Grammy winner of such instantly relatable singles as "Forget You" and "Crazy" is just as bracing and bizarre. Green, 39, traces his thug life as a teenager ("I hardly ever robbed at gunpoint"), his ascendance in Atlanta's hip-hop scene alongside contemporaries in Outkast and his joining the 1990s rap quartet Goodie Mob.

Green, who canceled his Goodie Mob reunion show on Sept. 8 because of laryngitis, will appear on Saturday at Books and Books in Coral Gables to autograph "Everybody's Brother." Co-authored with Rolling Stone contributing editor David Wild and Goodie Mob cohort Big Gipp, the sometimes-bizarre, often-revealing memoir swaps observations from Green to Gipp like verses of a rap song. Here are some excerpts:

  • "The song 'Crazy' was a kind of international declaration of the basic human right to be weird — a right I have been exercising religiously my whole life." 
  • "Despite what the lyrics to ['Forget You'] might suggest, I wasn't just mad at any one girl. I was mad at a whole music business that in my mind had become way too contrived — more a destroyer of art than a platform for great artists."
  • "I feel like [Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley] got a little kick out of people thinking that he was Dr. Frankenstein and I was his performing monster."
  • "Just like all  the most interesting heroes in your finer comic books, the truth is that right from the beginning, I’ve always had a little villain deep inside me, too. I’m kind of like Two-Face in reverse. Which is interesting, because I’m a Gemini, and two faces come naturally to me."
  • "Public Enemy’s sound changed the way we experienced the world around us. This was more than political raps with lots of attitude. To my ears, this was like Parliament Funkadelic for a whole new era — it was fantastically black and psychedelic and something about the group’s mutant weirdness and desire to have their say really spoke to me."
  • "So where does a kid who is trouble end up? And so I — the Thug Formerly Known as Chickenhead — somehow ended up entering the ninth grade at the Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia."
  • "I think Gipp brought a lot of that edge to the music that we made. Honestly, I’m not really like that so much — I’m all heart. So while Gipp brought the politics, I brought my own kind of soul and gospel aspect to the music of Goodie Mob."
  • "Once I discovered our management was ripping me off — and taking food out of the mouth of my new family — Goodie Mob felt like a much less welcoming, and even dangerous place for me to be … and I pulled a gun on one of our managers."

CeeLo Green will appear 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Books and Books (265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables). Vouchers available in store for autographs, but a book purchase ($28) is required. Admission is free. Call 305-442-4408 or go to

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