Photo of CeeLo Green by Flavia Schaub; Jon Bellion courtesy artist
CeeLo Green on Friday took a major step toward a comeback, releasing a new single curiously titled "Robin Williams."
The song is somewhat of a PSA, making direct references to the untimely deaths of the likes of Williams, Chris Farley, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Belushi and other comedic figures who died of suspected drug overdose or suicide.
Lyrics: "We don’t know what the next man’s going through / Wish I could say it in a plainer way / I said we don’t know/ Life reminds me of Robin Williams / We’ve got to laugh the pain away."
While the song's lyrics may stir debate, one big takeaway is co-writer and producer Jon Bellion's incredible presence on the song, which feels more like a Bellion cut than anything Green has previously released. And that's a welcome surprise.
"Robin Williams" is the first preview off Green's forthcoming album, Heart Blanche, which is out Nov. 13 on Atlantic Records. It's his first new music following past accusations against the singer of sexual assault.
Regardless of how the next few months play out for Green, this is another major step for the massively talented Bellion, a Variance favorite who has seen his star rise significantly over the past year.
Listen to "Robin Williams" below or watch an interactive lyric video for the track on Green's website.