Cee Lo Green arrives at the "Swarm the Strip" launch event for Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino July 15, 2011 in Las Vegas

*Cee Lo Green’s “F*** You” train is still chugging along at full steam, having already made a memorable stop at Fox’s “Glee,” and given its eclectic conductor a Grammy award, a cushy chair on NBC’s “The Voice,” and on Friday, a performance on the “Today” Show  as part of its Summer Concert Series.

But before the bleep-worthy single and its PG alternative “Forget You” suddenly fired the artist into the pop culture stratosphere, and before his audience-expanding Gnarls Barkley project with DJ Danger Mouse ( a new album is in the works) – Cee Lo was just hood famous as one of the standout members of Goodie Mob, the Atlanta-based hip hop collective that stomped onto the scene in 1995 with their debut “Soul Food.”

In the audio below, Cee Lo says the lift-off from Goodie Mob toward his current household-name status took a series of strategic moves that he knew would lead to something big.

Cee Lo Green on his strategic rise by CherieNic