CeeLo Green – “Mother May I” (Prod. Mark Ronson)

Last year, when he was facing trial for slipping ecstasy to a woman who later woke up naked behind him, the former Goodie Mob rapper Cee-Lo went on a truly heinous Twitter rant, writing, among other things, “if someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously! so WITH implies consent… People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!” The man’s career has, for good reason, fallen apart after that, and recent comeback attempts like “Sign Of The Times” and the absolutely cringeworthy “Robin Williams” have fallen flat. But Cee-Lo is still trying and still apologizing to anyone who will listen, and he’s now saying that he wants to get back onto The Voice, the massively successful reality show where he was once a judge. He tells the Associated Press, “I’ve talked very possibly about doing The Voice again. So I just kind of put that out there, wishful thinking, kind of willing it. Because I would love to do it again.” And by way of further apologizing, he says this:

It was a very redefining moment in my personal and professional life. I get in front of my creator, humbled, and I ask, ‘What does this mean? What is this supposed to mean for me? What am I supposed to learn from it?’ And [to] have that revealed and have it bestowed upon me is a blessing, of sorts… I feel really strong and really confident about this album and going forward. And I’m so grateful that you yourself, and everyone who just may happen to witness this particular interview, have my deepest, sincerest apologies for any inconvenience, any ignorance, any ill will, anything. I’m just glad that it’s behind me now. I’m so glad for it.

His latest comeback attempt is a new song called “Mother May I,” which he did with hitmaking producer Mark Ronson. It’s not a bad song, but I can’t see it causing goodwill to flood back Cee-Lo’s way. Here, listen:

Cee-Lo’s horrifically title new album Heart Blanche is out 11/6.