With the release of his latest album, The Lady Killer, Cee Lo has delved into various musical influences.
In a recent interview with Billboard, Cee Lo revealed the biggest inspiration: “I sent some signals out to some producers I worked with and basically started by saying I wanted to sound like a big, black James Bond,” explain Cee Lo. “I thought The Lady Killer sounded edgy and elegant at the same time. So I wanted something like James Bond, but like Barry White would do it.”
The rapper/singer added, “I felt like, high up on the list that almost every woman has for things she wants in a man, a sense of humor is one of the first things,”” he explains. “I kind of referenced Austin Powers, too, a bit of sense of humor to it. Hence the song, ‘Fuck You.’ It’s kind of all meant to be tongue-in-cheek and funny and charming.”
In the interview, Cee Lo added there would “absolutely” be a third Gnarls Barkley album.