Goodie Mob

One Monkey Donít Stop No Show (Koch)

On Goodie Mobís first release since 1999, One Monkey Donít Stop No Show, T-Mo, Khujo, and Big Gipp are out to prove that the absence of Cee-Lo wonít stop them from making dope music. The trio are at their best on the somber but potent ďGod I Wanna Live,Ē where jazzy-like upright bass and rim shots set the mood while they and guest rapper Witchdoctor reflect on the preciousness of life and the family and friends who have passed away.

ďGod I Wanna LiveĒ is one of the few songs on this disc that reminds you of the richly dramatic and layered tracks that once made Goodie Mob an important fixture in the hip-hop community. Nowhere is Cee-Loís absence felt more keenly, though, than on the albumís choruses, which often sound forced and at times just plain corny. On ďAinít Nothing For Us,Ē the group sings, ďTold yaíll people ainít nothing for us, for us to come back, for us to pull straps,Ē during an equally subpar song. While one monkey might not stop the show, it sure as hell puts it on pause. ó Christopher Sanders

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