Charlamagne Tha God, Charlamagne tha Devil
Some might call him Charlamagne Tha God and some just might call him Charlamagne Tha Devil. Call him what you want but the one thing you can’t call him is unsuccessful.
The provocative media personality, author and producer, whose government name is Lenard Larry McKelvey, grew up in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. He is very transparent and outspoken about his troubled past as a teenager which includes: the selling and possession of drugs, a stint in jail as well as his connection in a sexual assault crime (for which he was cleared) more than 17 years ago.
Despite McKelvey’s troubled past, he managed to turn his life around after he attended night school and scored a job as a radio intern. He eventually found success as the second mic to Wendy Williams on her wildly popular radio show. After a falling out with Williams, Charlamagne began hosting the very successful The Breakfast Club morning show on Power 105.1 (New York) with fellow radio personalities, DJ Envy and Angela Yee. The show is at its all-time peak with celebrity guests (Hilary Clinton was once a guest) and listeners. Charlemagne who is often compared to shock jock Howard Stern, is known for his prolific and direct questioning of the show’s guests often on controversial, personal and sometimes embarrassing subjects.
In 2017, Charlamagne’s book, Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes Those Who Create It, was published by Simon & Schuster. The book became a New York Time’s Bestseller and helped to propel him into the role as one of the leading voices in black culture. Charlemagne’s second book is entitled, Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me. In Shook One, Charlemagne shows a more vulnerable side to his personality. The book discusses the media personality’s struggles with being black in America and the anxiety that comes with it.
Whether Charlamagne Tha God is grilling other celebrities with tough questions on his radio show, producing his own content or writing the book on racism and its effects; he is not what he seems. The man is proof positive that one should never judge a book by its cover.