As one of the coaches on the superstar panel of The Voice, Cee Lo Green has become one of the most recognizable faces on television.

He became a household name thanks to his hit songs like “Crazy” and “Forget You,” but people may not realize he’s been in the business for quite some time now.

“Well, I didn’t just fall out of the sky and start coaching people on The Voice,” he joked with Carson Daly Monday morning at AMP Radio. “I mean, I’ve been around for about 20 years.”

It all started back in 1994 when Cee Lo teamed up with his high school buddies to form the Goodie Mob. After a 14-year hiatus, he got the gang back together to release a new album, Age Against The Machine.

With a hit TV show, a headlining gig in Vegas, and a successful solo career of his own, Green could have pursued any project he desired, but he felt it was important to return to his roots.

“I knew at heart that I could make something good and I wanted to represent that part of me that is still hip hop because hip hop is still communal, you know what I mean? It is about going home and sharing some of that success with family.”

Green and the Goodie Mob will perform “Amy,” one of their new singles, live on The Voice Tuesday night.

“I’ve had this record for like a couple of years,” he said. “It would’ve made my last solo record if we had gotten it in just in time, but I had a little bit of apprehension on the end of it, to put it on the Goodie Mob album. It’s such a contrast, you know, it’s so bad ass to do.”

The track is based on a real-life relationship Cee Lo had during his younger years.

“’Amy’ is a song about unconditional love and a young, innocent interracial relationship,” he described. “It’s kind of based off me kind of growing up and [my] family moving to a middle class neighborhood and just kind of  like that first…”

Carson cut right to the chase. “This is your first white chick is what you’re telling me?” he said, to which Cee Lo laughed and replied, “Basically!”

As for The Voice, Green only has one artist left remaining in the competition: 17-year-old Caroline Pennell. She was spared from elimination last week thanks to the Twitter Instant Save.

But if you think Cee Lo’s worried about his chances of winning this season, then you’d be dead wrong. He told Carson about the new game plan going into tonight’s big show.

“My strategy is just to give her a little bit more edge tonight, so look for that,” he said. “She definitely wants to spread her wings to show that she’s a big girl.”

After The Voice wraps up in December, Green’s planning on slowing down, but not for long.

“I’m going to take some time off for family. I’m going back to Georgia for a couple of months and then we’ll be preparing to do another round in Vegas.”

“It was really good,” he said of Loberace. “A lot of people missed out on it, but it was great. I mean, apparently so, they’ve asked us to come back for a second time.”

Watch Cee Lo and the Goodie Mob perform “Amy” tomorrow night on The Voice at 9pm PT and while we wait for Green to return to Vegas, you can check out his Loberace stage show on Blu-ray and DVD now!

-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles


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