Charlamagne Tha God Discusses His New Book, New “Narrative,” and Reasons for Going to Therapy

Charlamagne Tha God, age 40, recently sat down with Bill Rhoden on the HBCU 468 podcast. Charlamagne, the host of the radio showThe Breakfast Club, discussed his new book Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me. The title of the book pays homage to two songs, “Shook Ones” by Mobb Deep and “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” by the Geto Boys. This book discusses Charlamagne’s past and present, and how they contribute to his anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as his reasoning for going to therapy at age 39. This is somewhat of a change from his first book, Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It, which was described as a “street smart self-help guide.” The radio star discusses in his new book how his race contributes to his anxiety, which he termed as “blackanoid,” as well as his past as a drug dealer. Charlamagne, born Lenard McKelvey, was arrested twice as a teenager for possession of marijuana and cocaine. His stage name “Charlamagne” stems from his pseudonym as a drug dealer, “Charles.” He also discusses how having two daughters, plus one on the way, has changed his relationship with females as a whole. Charlamagne tha God states, “My future is female, so anything that makes the world a better place for women, I’m all for it.” In the interview with Rhoden, he also discusses how he has changed since becoming a father and husband. Charlamagne is no stranger to controversy having made questionable statements in the past, however, he states that his “narrative has completed changed. But you can’t compare 20-year-old Charlamagne, 30-year-old Charlamagne, to 40-year-old Charlamagne, who’s a father and husband.” This change could be attributed to his choice to go to therapy as he says “therapy and faith have helped him reconcile with his fears, his past and issues he suppressed or ignored.”