by Steve LaBate
After a 14-year hiatus of the legendary rap group’s original lineup, and CeeLo’s explosion as a pop-culture icon, the originators of smart, righteously indignant Southern hip-hop are back to claim their legacy, right the ship and venture boldly into new territory.
In some ways, the conversation nowadays is a lot like it was when Goodie Mob burst on the scene back in the mid ’90s. Southern hip-hop is vapid and mindless—at its best, fun, flash-in-the-club party music to shake your ass to; at its worst, a bunch of poseur emcees cashing in on a violent trap-house culture they know only from story-song. The first...