Charlamagne The God Explains Why He's So Brutally Honest And How It Helped Him Reach Success
This statement seems incongruous with something you'd ever hear from the mouth of New York shock jock and MTV personality, Charlamagne the God.
Today, Charlamagne seems calmer, quieter and more polite in-person than you might expect. This is somewhat surprising because his boisterous and brutally honest reputation on the airwaves often typecasts him as intimidating, offensive and loud.
Despite a proven track record, which has brought with it countless written profiles, particularly a NYTimes piece, Charlamagne is still working just as hard as if he weren't already on.
The man notoriously known for calling out Kanye West during a video interview, nearly getting into a fight on-air with rapper Fredo Starr of legendary rap duo Onyx, and embarrassing Floyd Mayweather because of his illiteracy is still very humble and down to earth when you meet him.
You might not know it just by listening to him clown celebs and their foolish habits on the radio, but Charlamagne has one focus in life, and that's to be the best at what he does. While this goal may seem universal, for him, it means more than it does to the average person.
Charlamagne wakes up each morning before the sun rises and heads from his New Jersey home into Manhattan to broadcast live Monday through Friday as part of Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club morning show.
After that, he's running around, handling other non-radio business commitments. On this day, it was swinging by Elite Daily to chat, but with an upcoming MTV show, there's always still work to be done.
The South Carolina native has worked in the radio industry for over a decade and during that time, he's created a brand that other radio personalities only dream of.
Charlamagne is loved and respected for his raw honesty. But to Charlamagne, he's just asking the same questions he would ask even if he didn't have such a huge platform.
The Kanye West interview, the radio DJ admits, was the greatest interview of his career thus far. Near the beginning of the interview, Charlamagne told Kanye that he wasn't a fan of his latest album, Yeezus.
Kanye seemingly shut down and didn't really respond in his normal, aggressive way. West uncharacteristically took the criticism in stride as Charlamagne continued to ask him about topics that obviously made the rapper uncomfortable.
Charlamagne's brand and personality is centered around a raw honesty that makes even the most famous of entertainers tremble and his audience crave more.
You see, Charlamagne isn't afraid to ask the direct questions we all want answered even if they're the kind that force publicists and PR reps to scramble.
Honesty, hustle and hard work are a few qualities that have helped Charlamagne spin his day job into never-ending opportunities including his own show, "Charlamagne and Friends," and a cast membership on MTV's "Guy Code."
The hustle that drives Charlamagne is evident through his voice and actions. He's willing to put in the hours and is someone who is never satisfied with ending the day once his number one morning show is off the air.
While Charlamagne is experiencing tremendous success today, his achievements didn't come overnight and weren't without much struggle both on and off the air.
There have been brushes with the law, firings from four radio stations (the most recent when he was a top radio DJ in Philadelphia), and having to start all over again when he was forced to move back home with his mother in South Carolina, to regroup.
To this, Charlamagne says: