Happy Birthday, Khujo!
Today, March 13, is the 46th birthday of Goodie Mob member Khujo.
Born Willie Edward Knighton in 1972, in Atlanta, Khujo (aka Khujo Goodie) would grow up to be a part of southern rap royalty. First, Khujo was a member of the rap & soul collective Dungeon Family, along with his Goodie Mob group mates Cee-Lo Green, T-Mo, and Big Gipp. They also came up in the same era as Dungeon Family's biggest act, OutKast. Recording in lead producer Rico Wade's "The Dungeon" studio, all of the artists grew with each other and found commercial and critical success together.
Goodie Mob's first album, Soul Food, dropped in 1995 and went gold. It was fully produced by Organized Noize, the production team that powered the Dungeon Family. The album also contained the first use of the term Dirty South in reference to southern rap, which obviously caught on and became a part of pop culture.
Their second album, Still Standing, was released in 1998. Still Standing went gold, and Goodie Mob continued to release albums over the years. Unfortunately, tragedy struck in 2002. Khujo was in a bad car accident that lead to him having to get his lower right leg amputated. That same year, he released his debut solo album, The Man Not The Dawg. Since Khujo's injury, Goodie Mob has released more albums and had a reunion in the late 2000s. Khujo has continued to drop solo material, and released his own memoir, Straight Out the A in 2011.
Happy birthday, Khujo!
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