Who Is Charlamagne? (Also known as Lenard)
Charlamagne Tha God—the self-proclaimed “Prince of Pissing People Off,” co-host of Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, and “hip-hop’s Howard Stern”
Lenard McKelvey (born June 29, 1980), known professionally as Charlamagne Tha God, is an American radio presenter and television personality. He is a co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show, The Breakfast Club with DJ Envy and Angela Yee, and stars in Guy Code, Guy Court and Girl Code, VJ for The Week in Jams with DJ Envy and Sofi Green. In 2015, Charlamagne began hosting the MTV2 show Uncommon Sense. He was previously on The Wendy Williams Experience with Wendy Williams on VH1.
In his new book, Charlamagne Tha God shares his unlikely success story as well as how embracing one’s truths is a fundamental key to success and happiness. He presents his comic, often controversial, and always brutally honest insights on how living an authentic life is the quickest path to success.
Beginning with his journey from the small town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina to his headline grabbing interviews with celebrities like Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and Hillary Clinton, he shares how he turned his troubled early life around by owning his (many) mistakes and refusing to give up on his dreams, even after his controversial opinions got him fired from several on-air jobs.
Combining his own story with bold advice and his signature commitment to honesty at all costs, Charlamagne hopes this book will give others the confidence to live their own truths.
Who Is Joe Budden?
Joseph Anthony Budden II (born August 31, 1980) is a member of the American hip hop supergroup Slaughterhouse, alongside fellow rappers Royce da 5’9″, Joell Ortiz, and Crooked I, solo recording artist and broadcaster.
His most commercially successful solo single is the 2003 hit song “Pump It Up”, from his self-titled album, which contains production from Just Blaze. He was formerly signed to major record label Def Jam, but left for his personal reasons and for them pushing back his album releases.
After separating from Def Jam, he began recording and releasing solo mixtapes and albums on independent labels. In 2013, he released No Love Lost; his follow-up EP, “Some Love Lost” was released November 4, 2014. He released “All Love Lost” on October 16, 2015. Most recently, he released “Rage & The Machine” on October 21, 2016.
Joe vs Lenard
Joe Budden and Charlamagne Tha God have an interesting relationship, they respect each other but are often critical of the other. Charlamagne has grilled Joe about his temper, relationships and music on The Breakfast Club and The Brilliant Idiots Podcast. This time around the tables have turned and Joe and his co-hosts Rory and Mal got the best out of Charlamagne in the nearly three hour episode.
The youtube clip (here) shows what happened after a spat on twitter the previous night. But what caused it to flare up?
At the root of the dispute between Charlamagne the God and Joe Budden is each defending whether they were beholden to the interests of their corporate employer. The back and forth actually began with the subject of L.A. Reid, who’s book and credentials in the music industry Charlamagne has championed. In recent days, Budden has expressed disagreement with the idea that Reid is some great executive, stating in one of his tweets that
“He’s in charge of ENTIRE LABELS, NOT JUST ARTISTS…. & he’s failed…. EVERY time…. Breakfast Club is signed #StayWoke.”
Charlamagne didn’t take too well to that last line and thus began to turn the tables on Joe, challenging what grounds he has to stand on when Complex signs his checks.
“Complex has what to do with the music industry outside of reporting ?”
Before Complex was dragged into their dispute, some time was spent deciphering just how objective Charlamagne could be when he works alongside Angela Yee, who Charlamagne himself admits has label ties.
CTG came back with this tweet:
“What that got to do with me tho? I’ve always had my own opinion and you know this,”
He then gave an example of how critical he has been of Drake, albeit Power 105.1 has always kept his music in rotation.
It will be interesting to see what other avenues this discussion will turn down, as it is clear that while Charlamagne and Joe Budden respect one another, they’ve got some questions about what level of integrity each the other operates behind in the matrix.