Goodie Mob returns for reunion

Goodie Mob performed to a packed Tabernacle crowd on Feb. 21. The Atlanta natives played music to a home crowd that was excited to see this family reunion

and nostalgic for classic hip hop hits. The show started slowly with hype man playing popular hip hop classics for an opening act, but reached an appropriate level of raucous when B.O.B and finally the headliner, Goodie Mob, took the stage.

The Goodie family is an Atlanta based act that maybe unfamiliar to many, but they are the founding members of the Atlanta rap scene. With Cee-Lo Goodie of the Gnarls Barkley and Danger Mouse duo and membership in the Dungeon Family collective that also has Outkast and Oraganized Noise as its members, they are talented musicians in good company.

The Goodie Mob consisted of Cee-Lo, Khujo, T-mo and Big Gipp Goodie. They sauntered onto stage in iconic black garb as the rocky theme, “Gonna Fly Now,” played and received a thundering applause.

They started hard with their single “Get Rich to This” from their album World Party, and spit the lyrics with ferocity matching the songs release a decade

ago. “Dirty South,” the song that catalyzed the Atlanta scene. The Tabernacle erupted to this single on their debut album Soul Food. The crowd chanted in harmony as Cee-Lo sang the chorus, “What you know about the Dirty South” with his characteristically gravelly and soulful voice.

Cee-Lo, who still commanded the attention of the crowd, quickly transitioned and sang the opening verses to “Git Up, Get Out.” This Outkast classic prominently features the duo, but T-mo and Khujo Goodie delivered Andre’s and Big Boi’s lyrics with their own twist. The group performed two more songs from their debut album Soul Food before a short intermission. “Thought Process” is provocative social commentary on life in Atlanta, and it was fan service to

those who purchased the album. The final song before the intermission was “Soul Food,” and it served as a mellow outro.

Goodie Mob emerged from their short intermission in colorful costumes with Gutta Butta background music. The music quickly switched, and the audience

was aurally assaulted with Goodie Mob’s highest charting single “Cell Therapy.” The group followed with fan favorites “Free,” “In Da wind,” “The One” and “Steppin Out.” The tabernacle crowd was presented with a live mash-up of the Goodie classic “They Don’t Dance No Mo” and the rock ballad. Goodie Mob left

everything on stage for their Atlanta fans.

B.O.B., the stage name for Atlanta native, Bobby Ray, surprised the Tabernacle crowd. He performed with authority and extremely high level energy. He act started with fist pump inducing “Feed these Streets,” which describes his discovery of music. This single was followed with the catchy vocoder pop ballad “Satellite.” Bobby Ray used the next song “I’ll Be in the Sky” to introduce

the band and grab another microphone stand. The lights cut to a single spot light on B.O.B. for his performance of the song “Generation Lost,” which serves as autobiographical commentary on the rap game. He then grabbed a guitar

from the back of the stage and started hammering out chords. B.O.B. transitioned from hip-hop to alt-rock.

B.O.B. and Goodie Mob demonstrated that Atlanta music still has a lot of variety. B.O.B.’s performance left a lasting impression and garnered him new fans. Goodie Mob showed that they can still hype a crowd at home.