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One of the first and most successful groups to emerge from the Dirty South hip-hop scene from the USA, Goodie Mob helped break the west coast-east coast axis dominating rap music in the mid-90s. Formed in Atlanta, Georgia, by Cee-Lo (Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, 30 May 1974, Atlanta, Georgia, USA), Khujo (b. Willie Knighton, 13 March 1972), T-Mo (b. Robert Barnett, 2 February 1972) and Big Gipp (b. Cameron Gipp, 28 April 1973), Goodie Mob debuted in 1995 with the excellent Soul Food. Collaborating with inspired production team Organized Noize and employing live instrumentation in the studio, the quartet retreated from the prevalent gangsta rap ethic to explore a series of moral and social concerns particular to the ghettos of their home state. Heralded alongside Outkast as the leaders of the new Dirty South movement, the quartet returned in 1998 with another fine album, Still Standing, on which their socially conscious brand of hip-hop reached a creative peak. Their...