Cee-Lo Brings Music Back To TV With Lay It Down
Remember the good ol’ days when you could turn on your television and hit up music-based networks for (gasp) music-based programming? If you watch MTV, VH1, or BET, those days are long gone. However, one network is still putting your favorite artists and their work on the screen for your viewing enjoyment.
Fuse is adding the job title of “TV show host” to the resume of rapper/singer Cee-Lo Green. That’s right, the “F*ck You” singer is getting his own show with the network, and it’s not some cheap gimmick love show, either. The show is called Lay It Down and it features Green sitting down for one-on-one interviews with some of the greatest in urban music, as well as sneak peeks behind-the-scenes and into their creative processes. For any up-and-coming entertainers out there, this is the show to watch to find out how to get over that writer’s block or find the missing note.
Cee-Lo, who admits that music saved his life, will also collaborate with many of the artists who sit down with him for the cameras.
“It is an honor to be part of a show where the host and guests are speaking the same language. Fuse has given me the opportunity to invite my peers as guests on the show and talk about what we love most, music. It is nice to find a network where that can happen.”
So far, the half-hour show is set to feature Ludacris, Public Enemy, Janelle Monae, N.E.R.D., Lil’ Jon, and T-Pain among other guests. Something tells me we can expect some Dungeon Family appearances—and possibly Danger Mouse?
“I think this was an opportunity for everyone to be intimate about their own process, approach or formula, but true art isn’t exposed in its entirety. I believe it’s an opportunity to express a bit and reveal a bit but still maintain some mystique.”
While the Goodie Mob frontman remains fairly humble about his new show, Fuse Senior V.P. of Programming Sal LoCurto is taking the more conceited approach.
“We are the only music channel. (BET, VH1 and MTV are) past tense. They’re not really music channels. I always say it’s kinda like rooting for the Dodgers and expecting to see Sandy Koufax pitch. It’s a bygone era.”
‘Nuff said. We’ll end this with a preview.
Catch the network premiere of Lay It Down, featuring Ludacris, October 20 at 11 pm EST on Fuse.