CeeLo Green offered a critical assessment of Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj that rubbed people the wrong way.
The singer described the music of the three ultra-popular rappers as “shameless” and “salacious.” Green, 45, questioned the tactics of the three women in a feature from Far Out magazine.
“A lot of music today is very unfortunate and disappointing on a personal and moral level,” he explained. “There was once a time when we were savvy enough to code certain things. We could express to those it was meant for with the style of language we used. But now music is shameless, it is sheer savagery.”
“It’s problematic, we suffer from it because there are those that have nothing to do with it, but it is assumed of everyone,” Green continued. “You have the ‘Heads of State,’ like Nicki Minaj or someone who is up there in accolade: success, visibility, a platform to influence. Nicki could be effective in so many other constructive ways, but it feels desperate.”
He accused “WAP” collaborators Cardi and Megan of using their bodies to solicit attention in a competitive market.
“Attention is also a drug and competition is around… Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, they are all more or less doing similar salacious gesturing to kinda get into position. I get it, the independent woman and being in control, the divine femininity and sexual expression. I get it all, [but] it comes at what cost?”
Some readers shot back at Green, accusing him of hypocrisy. Those critics pointed to songs co-written by Green which include lyrics about necrophilia, drug use and “sexy suicide.”
CeeLo: goodness gracious, women rapping about sex? is this appropriate?? could this harm society?? let's be responsible adults.
— morg☆n, hot pockets heiress 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️🇲🇽🇺🇸 (@synthentacle) August 10, 2020
Ceelo Green has the audacity to speak on Nicki but not hold male rappers at the same status
— rich™️ (@richswae) August 10, 2020
Following backlash to his comments, the former Gnarls Barkley singer took to Instagram to offer an apology over what he characterized as “a misunderstanding with a quote taken from an interview…”
He continued by writing, “I wholeheartedly apologize to each of them for the inconvenience they have been caused due to a snippet of my interview being used as a headline, and in turn creating controversy and disconnect between me and these ladies as well as their fans.”
He concluded by sending “much love to all the female artists who are running the game and handling their business.”