Lenard Larry McKelvey, also known as Charlamagne Tha God, was born on June 29, 1978, in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. As a teenager, he got caught doing the wrong things which ended up with him spending some time in county jail.
After being released, he decided to get his act together and go to night school. This, in turn, landed him a radio intern. Soon after his intern, he became the second mic to the radio host, Wendy Williams. This is what started his career in the spotlight. Today he is known as an American radio presenter and a television personality.
In the year 2010, Charlamagne Tha God began to host The Breakfast Club. He did this with DJ Envy and Angela Yee in New York City. He is also the star in other shows such as Guy Code, Guy Court, and Girl Code. In the year 2015, he began hosting a show on MTV2 called Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne.
His Second Book
On August 16, 2018, Charlamagne did an interview with Bill Rhoden on HBCU 468 podcast. This interview was done to discuss his second book titled, Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks On Me. The book goes into detail about the vulnerable side of Charlamagne. He does go into detail about his struggles with PTSD and anxiety as well as why he choose to go to therapy when he did.
He gives credit to Mobb Deep’s song “Shook Ones” and Geto Boys’ song “Mind Play Tricks on Me” for the title of his book. The lyrics of these two songs are what the book is all about.
He also mentions the MeToo movement which is a movement that enlightens the relationships men have with women. He knew that one day the day would come that men would have to straighten up their act and he is one man that is learning from his past mistakes.
Overall, not everyone may agree with the way Charlamagne Tha God presents things on his radio or television shows or even in his books but know that he has come a very long way from the way he was as a teenager. He has shown the world that anyone can rise above the challenges.