Can you imagine if Lauryn had ended up with Cee-Lo instead of Rohan Marley?
Via DailyMail reports:
He may be famous for his larger than life persona but Cee Lo Green did not always feel so comfortable about himself, MailOnline can reveal.
In his memoir ‘Everybody’s Brother’ he tells how the death of his father, a Baptist minister, at the age of two left a ‘void’ that he struggled to fill.
He writes: ‘There were times growing up when I wondered if the big mistake was not my father dying so young but me being born at all.
‘My body was too short, my head was too big, I was strange and dressed different, so I would get picked on.
‘Sometimes I felt I was just one big mistake. And there were people along the way who took one look at me and told me that I looked like a mistake too.
‘For a long time I didn’t know if I had any purpose for being here. I looked different and felt different’.
Green, 39, real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to a mother who was a Baptist minister too.
His childhood was ‘heavy’ and he admits to shoplifting, mugging people at gunpoint for their Air Jordans and how he ‘wanted to be a killer’ before reforming himself through music.
He was also known as ‘Chickenhead’ because people would run the other way when they saw him because of his bad reputation.
Green writes: ‘They say that before you can get high, you’ve got to get low, and as a kid growing up in Atlanta, I got pretty low’.
Things changed for the self-confessed ‘pyromaniac, kleptomaniac and just plain maniac’ when he fell in with the Dungeon Family, a rap collective with whom he put out two albums under the name Goodie Mob.
But he never quite left his gangster past behind, as his friend and fellow rapper Big Gipp explains in the book.
A furious row broke out in the early 2000s between Green and the Goodie Mob manager happened the night before they were due to start a tour with the Black Eyed Peas.
The book says: ‘Cee Lo had a dispute over a publishing check with one of our managers.
‘I remember Lo calling me and saying: ‘Dude has some money from me, and I’m getting it back!’
‘When our manager got on our bus that morning Cee Lo pulled some kind of Uzi on him. It looked like Cee Lo was about the kill the man.
‘And I stood in front of Cee Lo and said: ‘You don’t have to do this. You don’t have to kill him for the money’.
‘And Lo said: ‘If I die, at least I’ll have my respect’. That’s when I know Cee Lo was capable of pulling a murder when it comes to his respect – or feeling like he had been disrespected’.
In excerpts which appear to have been deleted from the e-reader version Green himself admits it was a MAC-11 machine gun he had one him at the time.
After Goodie Mob, Green went through some lean years, got married and had a son though he divorced in 2005.
‘Crazy’, a collaboration with Danger Mouse under the name Gnarles Barkley, came out in 2006, turning him into a star overnight.
Elsewhere in the book Green writes of his love for Lauren Hill who he met just before his wife, but did not end up marrying.
Green says he wanted to marry the Fugees singer as he thought she was ‘just made for me’.
He writes: ‘That didn’t happen but we still got to have a great friendship that ended up making a big difference in my life’.
Cee-Lo has always been a wild dude, kinda crazy to think he’s LESS crazy now.