Today’s song of the day is Cee-Lo’s “Gettin’ Grown”. This is from about 10 years ago, but this has been my JAM lately!!! I can’t get it out of my head. Cee-Lo has been around for about 17+ years. He started out rapping with the group, Goodie Mob, which is part of the same clic as OutKast and a bunch of other talented rapers and singers, “The Dungeon Family” and has had a few solo albums, a couple albums with Danger Mouse under the name, Gnarls Barkley and has featured on a ton of songs over the years. The mainstream has only really been up on him since around the time Gnarls Barkley came out and especially since his hit song, “F#$@ You” (A.K.A. “Forget You” on the radio) and since the TV show, The Voice premiered last year. He has been making great, quality music for years now and I really like the message of this song at this point in my life. The video is pretty funny too. I think he’s supposed to be playing his own version of the children show characters, the Teletubbies in it. Interesting and hilarious choice for this song.
Since Hip-Hop first popped up on the music scene in the late 1970’s, it has had a rough time when it’ has come to the Grammy Awards, continually getting overlooked and snubbed. There wasn’t even a Rap category until 1989 and even then, the announcing of the award wasn’t even televised. Will Smith (then Fresh Prince) and DJ Jazzy Jeff had the honor of receiving the very first Rap Grammy to ever be given out, but boycotted the show with the other Rap nominees, because they would not televise the giving of the award due to “time constraints”. Hip-Hop has had an even harder time winning for Album of the Year award. The only 2 Hip-Hop artists to ever win the honor are Lauryn Hill and one of my very personal favorites, OutKast. I read an interesting article in The Huffington Post this week about this subject, that I thought should be shared. Read on at the link below to learn more about the history of Hip-Hop and Grammys (or lack there of, apparently).