Cee Lo Green celebrated the release of his third solo album, The Lady Killer, on Thursday night (Nov. 11) with an energetic performance in front of an invite-only crowd at the W New York for W Hotels’ Symmetry Live Music Series.
The ever-smiling singer and producer took center stage while backed by a sultry all-female band. Cee Lo, decked out in a white king-style robe, dropped his outerwear to the floor like legendary singer James Brown minutes into the performance.
Cascaded in vibrant colorful lights, the Gnarls Barkley member, appearing in an all-white suit paired with shiny black diamonds, worked his lyrical magic. Cee Lo serenaded the crowd with soulful and funky hits like “Bright Lights Bigger City,” “Old Fashioned,” and “Satisfied.” Throughout the performance, music lovers gathered and danced to the welcoming, raspy sounds of Mr. Green’s voice. He capped off the night with the expletive-laden hit “F**k You,” which threw the audience into cheers.
As the night came to an end, the Goodie Mob frontman looked out toward his fans before exiting the stage, and left them with some kind parting words. “I’m a Lady Killer, right?” he asked. “Have some tequila! It’s on me.”
–Felicia D. O’Garro
Photos by Jamal Sinclair O’Garro for Rap-Up