Goodie Mob reflects on legacy, new album release amid pandemic and protests

From left, Khujo, T-Mo, CeeLo and Big Gipp of the legendary Atlanta-based group Goodie Mob join “Closer Look” to reflect on the state of hip-hop, the longevity of their music and their new album “Survival Kit.” (Courtesy of Goodie Mob)

With hard-hitting, lethal lyrics coupled with multiple catchy and straightforward choruses broken down into 16 tracks, Goodie Mob’s long-awaited album is now available on all music platforms.

The legendary Atlanta-based hip-hop group, known for their conscious Southern sound and prophetic voice, released their newest album, “Survival Kit” in mid-November, debuting during a presidential election year, the Black Lives Matter movement, ongoing protests and a global health crisis.

The new record also comes seven years after the release of “Age Against the Machine” in 2013 and 25 years since the group’s inaugural album “Soul Food” in 1995.

Fellow collective Dungeon Family members Andre 3000 and Big Boi join Goodie Mob separately on two different tracks, “No Cigar” and “Prey 4 Da Sheep.”  Public Enemy’s Chuck D virtually hypes up listeners with the introductory track “Are You Ready.”

On Monday’s edition of “Closer Look,” veteran rappers Big Gipp (Cameron Gipp), Khujo (Willie Edward Knighton), CeeLo (Thomas DeCarlo Callaway), and T-Mo (Robert Terrance Barnett) talk with show host Rose Scott about several topics, including their thoughts on the evolution of hip-hop and its many umbrellas, the art behind timeless music and the inspiration behind “Survival Kit.”

During the discussion, Scott takes live calls from several guests — including fans, an Atlanta City Council member and two local college professors — who speak directly to Goodie Mob about their legacy and their music’s influence.


  • Big Gipp, member of Goodie Mob
  • Khujo, member of Goodie Mob
  • CeeLo, member of Goodie Mob
  • T-Mo, member of Goodie Mob