Cee-Lo Recalls Writing "Don't 'Cha" For The Pussycat Dolls

During a performance on VH1 Storytellers, Cee-Lo explains writing and producing one of the biggest Pop hits for the Pussycat Dolls.

After gaining critical acclaim as a member of Goodie Mob and before his success both as a soloist and member of Gnarls Barkley, Cee-Lo Green enjoyed one of his biggest commercial hits by penning a hit for a group of four scantily clad women.

“A lot of people don’t know I wrote and produced ‘Don’t ‘Cha’ by the Pussycat Dolls,” Cee-Lo explained during his performance for VH1’s “Storytellers” series. “I originally wrote that song for an artist that was up under me at the time--Tori Alamaze. She did the original version of the song, and it was great. I gotta say in all honesty, she wasn’t the ‘Don’t ‘Cha’ girl.”

Ultimately, due to a label decision, Cee-Lo wouldn’t get a chance to oversee Alamaze’s career on a major label, but record executives were still very much interested in “Don’t “Cha.”

“When ‘Don’t ‘Cha’ was going around it became this kind of renegade record without a face to it,” Cee-Lo added. “Everybody was going, ‘Who is the ‘Don’t ‘Cha’ girl? Nobody knew I had anything to do with it. I remember Puffy asking, ‘Who is the Don’t ‘Cha girl? Where she at?’ Everybody was expecting this big Amazon; this big creature of a woman…like Grace Jones or somebody.”

Prior to 2010’s “Fuck You,” the song “Don’t ‘Cha” was Cee-Lo’s biggest commercial success. In addition to being certified platinum as a physical single, it sold over 3 million legal, digital downloads. Cee-Lo said he and Alamaze remain friends, and the name “Pussycat Dolls” is still trademarked as a burlesque act by Robin Antin. The four women who comprise the musical group Pussycat Dolls have since disbanded after releasing two albums on Interscope.

12 Comments

  • chrals

    does anyone knows the name of the second track? When cee lo sang with his brothers?

  • ggirl

    Elise Neal said it was her song in an interview..

  • John Book

    The hook was a Sir Mix-A-Lot true, and the headline is misleading in that he did not write the song for the Pussycat Dolls. They did become a vehicle for a song that was already gaining attention in the Atlanta area, throughout the South, and online when this song got into the attention of PSD. As shrewd as that sounds, Cee-Lo is a businessman who wouldn't be where he is today if it wasn't for a keen sense on how to work and work well. I wish Nicole Scherzinger had that same sense, because her choices in the last few years have been pure crap. Labels are trying to fit her in their pocket, she does nothing but fulfill their need to satisfy their needs, and she has yet to move people in a proper fashion. I know people like her and her voice, but I think she's being manipulated with bad business decisions and unless she churns something by the end of this year, she'll be another casualty of the current music industry. I would not be surprised if she's more successful as an actress, for she would have to be judged with eyes and not look at her and go "wait, she looks like that but sings... like that?" Let me be executive producer of her album, give me a proper budget needed to make her album #1 (and let's be honest, chart positions are all paid for), and allow people to truly listen and not be moved by what publicists dictate as a media blitz. Until then, much respect to Cee-Lo for making it this far, I see bigger and better for him this decade.

  • Shane

    I would perform analingus on Nicole after she'd just taken a dump!

  • Myan McConico

    i remember tori alamaze's version. the vocals were similar.

  • Anonymous

    who gives a fuck dx

  • Anonymous

    Cee-lo didnt write that song originally. Dont believe me look it up.

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