Charlamagne Tha God
Biography, Age, Net Worth, Wife, Shows, Religion, Height, Kids, Family, Parents & Siblings
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Charlamagne Tha God Basic Information
|Stage Name:||Charlamagne Tha God|
|Real Name:||Lenard Larry McKelvey|
|Occupation:||Radio Host and Television Personality|
|Date Of Birth/Age:||29 June 1978(44) Years Old|
|Place of Birth:||Moncks Corner, Charleston, South Carolina|
|Height:||5 Ft 6 In|
|Net Worth:||$10 Million|
Charlamagne Tha God Biography
The Breakfast Club, a nationally syndicated hip-hop program on iHeartRadio, is where Charlamagne Tha God is best known. In addition, he co-hosts the well-known podcast “Brilliant Idiots” and is an executive producer with his own production business, CThaGod World. Born and raised in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, Charlemagne quickly advanced into one of today’s most distinctive and captivating media figures. He had a brief stint as a rapper in 2008, released an album, “South Crack,” and then switched to become an On-Air Personality.
He contributes to the daily national discourse regarding problems about hip-hop, racism, society, and politics with his point of view and thought-provoking celebrity interviews. One of McKelvey’s maxims, in the shock jock tradition, is “bite my tongue for no one.”
He is the author of Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me and another bestseller, Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It, both on the New York Times list. He was Inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2020.
He referred to his book Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It as “a self-help guide for the hood,” Simon & Schuster’s imprint Touchstone published it in 2017. Black Privilege received a positive review from Steven Kurutz of The New York Times. He called the book “a street-smart self-help handbook,” with its typically direct advice presented in eight fundamental principles. The book came in sixth place on the list of top-selling hardback non-fiction published by the New York Times on 7 May 2017. Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me, McKelvey’s second book, was published on 23 October 2018.
He hasn’t been without his troubles while growing up, as he was twice arrested for Possession of Marijuana and Cocaine with the intent to distribute. McKelvey’s Father declined to post bail after he was detained a third time after witnessing a (non-fatal) shooting. Finally, his Father decided to “give him another opportunity” after he spent 41 days in jail and requested his mother to post bail. After being freed, McKelvey attended night classes and eventually graduated from Berkeley High School (Moncks Corner). He is said now to have a Ph.D. from South Carolina State University.
After a party in 2001, McKelvey was charged with sexual assault. He cooperated with the authorities and denied having sex with the accuser. He also provided DNA evidence that refuted the accusation that he had sex with the victim. He later pled guilty to a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and was given three years probation in exchange for dropping the sexual assault allegations.
He is a member of a Close-Knit Family that resides in the United States. The total number of the family he comes from is unknown at this time, as he also tries to keep his nuclear family away from social media, save for his wife.
A Jehovah’s Witness who converted to Islam, Larry Thomas McKelvey, and his wife, Julie Ford, an English teacher, and Jehovah’s Witness, is McKelvey’s parents.
At MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands in 2011, the police detained Larry McKelvey’s dad. On Sunday night, during the New York Jets-Dallas Cowboys football game, he unlawfully discharged a Taser in a crowd, injuring three spectators.
He once visited South Carolina State University and donated a $250,000 cheque to start a scholarship fund in memory of his mother, who had also been a student there.
Lenard has tried to be a private person and doesn’t reveal much about himself or his family on social media; thus, not much information is available on his siblings. However, one of his sisters’ names is Alesha Renee.
He has Four children, and they’re all Daughters.
He is married to his Spouse, Jessica Gadsden. They married on 6 September 2014, and the union is blessed with Four Daughters. High school was where Jessica and Charlamagne first met. Even though both parties were guilty of infidelity, they could have a family and commit to one another.
Jessica, a fitness trainer, has a solid educational background. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and mass communication. She also holds a master’s degree in business administration and management from Webster University.
Along with DJ Envy, he co-hosts the nationally syndicated radio program The Breakfast Club, for which they were inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2020. Also, he hosts Comedy Central’s late-night chat program Hell of a Week with Charlamagne tha God.
Before joining The Breakfast Club, he was a radio host for several radio stations. He also served as the second mic on The Wendy Williams Experience with Wendy Williams on VH1.In addition, he founded the Black Impact Podcast Network, and Guy Code, Guy Court, and Girl Code featured him. Alongside DJ Envy and Sofi Green, he served as a VJ for the show The Week in Jams. 2015 saw McKelvey take over as host of the MTV2 program Uncommon Sense.
Alongside DJ Envy and Angela Yee, McKelvey joined The Breakfast Club in 2010 on WWPR-FM in New York City and its nationwide television simulcast on Revolt. Power 105.1 launched the show to take on Hot 97, one of the most well-liked hip-hop morning broadcasts in New York.
He was chosen as a co-host because of his radio background and ability to “go to the brink without going over it.” He declared himself to be the “Prime Minister of Pissing People Off, the Architect of Aggravation, and the Ruler of Rubbing People the Wrong Way” once he was a part of the show.
McKelvey joined the cast of Guy Code, an MTV2 comedy program that explores a unique code of conduct for males, in 2011. The program was finished in March 2015. He also appeared as a guest star on the MTV2 series Charlamagne & Friends. In 2013 and 2014, he co-hosted MTV New Year’s Live from Times Square, and in 2015, he served as a correspondent for the pre-show to the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.
He was referred to by Rolling Stone magazine as “hip-hop’s Howard Stern” in 2014. The following year, he started presenting Charlamagne tha God’s Uncommon Sense on MTV2. At CThaGod World, his music label, he serves as executive producer.
Charlamagne and his radio show co-hosts have taken part in several charitable activities. For example, the Breakfast Club hosts their #Change4Change fundraising event live over the Christmas season every year.
He is estimated to be worth over $10 Million and earns about $3 Million annually.
The Celebrity owns several cars of which, including a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
With a starting price of around $40,000, the Jeep Grand Cherokee 2021 falls in the lower third of the competitive midsize SUV sector. In addition, the Grand Cherokee offers a plush interior, a user-friendly infotainment system, and exceptional off-road performance. Still, it also has a rough ride and little storage for luggage.
He owns a home in New Jersey. In 2021, the house was bought for $835,000.
A stylish living area of more than 5,300 square feet can be found in the large, well-lit, and contemporary four-bedroom home. The residence also has a home theater, a fitness center, a lounge with a gym, and a custom bar.
As a practicing Muslim, Lenard is reportedly said to be taking after his Father’s spiritual path.
McKelvey began his radio career as an intern for Charleston’s Z93 Jamz. He also frequented WHXT in Columbia. To work as Wendy Williams’ second mic, he relocated from South Carolina in 2006. He created the stage name “Charlemagne,” which was based on his drug dealer street moniker “Charles,” and made a new character based on Charlemagne (also known as Charles the Great), who dominated most of Western Europe around 800 A.D. Because it “sounded great,” he added “Da God.”
His direct questioning and in-depth radio interviews with hip-hop and R&B musicians increased public prominence and strained his relationship with the show’s guests. As a result, he lost his job when the show was canceled in 2008. Although Charlamagne has repeatedly indicated on the program The Breakfast Club that he considers Williams a mentor, their relationship deteriorated, and the two reconnected in 2019.
He started doing the morning program for Philadelphia’s 100.3 The Beat in 2008. However, he was fired by the station in 2009, a few days after airing an interview with Beanie Sigel, who had recorded a diss track against Jay-Z, both of whom were former rappers for Roc-A-Fella Records. The media speculated that Jay-Z was responsible for McKelvey’s termination due to the interview. Before being hired by WWPR-FM to co-host The Breakfast Club, he moved back to Moncks Corner to live with his mother for approximately a year.
Radio & TV Shows
In addition to most of the already mentioned accomplishments, He was appointed the host of The Hollywood Reporter’s YouTube series Emerging Hollywood in 2019. He converses with Hollywood industry insiders on this broadcast about numerous political subjects. Jameela Jamil and Trevor Noah have appeared as guests on his show.
In collaboration with iHeartMedia, McKelvey established the Black Effect Podcast Network in 2020. He and his Breakfast Club co-hosts, DJ Envy and Angela Yee, were inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in August 2020. In addition, he co-hosts the Loud Speakers Network podcast The Brilliant Idiots with Andrew Schulz, another MTV2 celebrity. In 2021, McKelvey took over as host of the late-night talk program Tha God’s Honest Truth.