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Not easy being Green: CeeLo reveals the making of a star

CeeLo Green

CeeLo Green Credit: CeeLo Green (Getty Images)

The CeeLo Green who performed with Muppets at the Grammys and as “Loberache” during a recent Las Vegas residency seems lifetimes away from the 21-year-old who first appeared in Goodie Mob’s “Cell Therapy” video rocking rhymes in a white tank top.

To help chart that voyage, and the travails and hardships that came previously, Green has written an autobiography, “Everybody’s Brother,” which traces his life from childhood up through his current stint on NBC’s “The Voice.”

amNewYork caught up with Green to chat about the book’s release and some of his more colorful musical moments:

Was there a specific moment when you knew that the world was interested in what the Dungeon Family (an Atlanta posse that included Goodie Mob, Outkast and others) had to say?
Two big moments: When L.A. [Reid, the famed record company executive] and Babyface decided to make Atlanta their label home. That was like, “Wow.” And once, when I was working at the airport and I heard someone playing “Player’s Ball” [by OutKast] and I had that moment where I could just walk off my job.

What has been your most surreal moment?
I think the craziest ones were with Madonna at the Super Bowl (he sang backup on “Like a Prayer”] and definitely with Gwyneth [Paltrow] at the Grammys.

You, Paltrow and a bunch of Muppets. Which Muppet best represents CeeLo Green?
When I was young, Cookie Monster was a pet name of mine. I really liked Chips Ahoy, so I was like a little Cookie Monster.

CeeLo Green will be signing “Everybody’s Brother” at B&N Fifth Avenue Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., 555 Fifth Ave., 212-697-3048. Must purchase book.


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