Born as Lenard Larry McKelvey, on June 29, 1978, Charlamagne Tha God is an American on-air personality, radio presenter and more recently, author. He is popularly known as a co-host of New York radio’s nationally syndicated show, The Breakfast Hub. A show he hosts alongside DJ Envy and Angela Yee.
Growing up in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, McKelvey delved into drug trading and was detained twice for possessing marijuana and cocaine which he planned to distribute. As a teenager, he experienced several gang fights and was arrested for a third time after witnessing another shooting from the back seat of a car. He eventually spent over a month in jail when his father wouldn’t bail him out.
Charlamagne Tha God Media Career
Following his release, McKelvey pursued his education, attending night school, and soon landed a job as a radio intern. He later became the second mic to radio host Wendy Williams and coined the stage name, Charlamagne which he drafted from his nickname, “Charles” from his drug-dealer days. The original rendition was gotten from Charlemagne, a Roman Emperor who ruled much of Western Europe in the early 800s, whom McKelvey had read about while in school.
Few years into his career, Charlamagne’s unusual inquisitorial style of interview with hip-hop/R&B stars on radio began to draw public attention, raising his public profile as a radio personality. But that came with consequences; there were rifts between himself and the guests of the show, triggering a chain of events that led to his dismissal from the program in 2008. Soon after that, Charlamagne’s relations with Wendy Williams began to deteriorate, although Charlamagne has severally stated on his show, The Breakfast Club, that he still considers Williams as a mentor and holds no grudge toward her.
In November 2011, Charlamagne began working as a cast member of MTV2’s Guy Code, a comedy TV show that borders on a special code of conduct for the menfolk. The show ended four years later in March 2015 and in that same year, Charlamagne was a correspondent for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards pre-show. He currently hosts MTV2’s show; Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne Tha God. And narrates Inside the Label; a BET Show.
In 2017, Charlamagne Tha God released his first book Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It. The New York Times’ Steven Kurutz described Black Privilege as “a street-smart self-help guide”. The book was ranked sixth in the May 7, 2017, New York Times list of best-selling hardback non-fiction.
Late 2018 saw the release of Charlamagne’s second book, Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me. The book was named after hip-hop duo Mobb Deep’s 1993 track “Shook Ones”. It chronicles episodes of personal traumas, regrets, and fears with paired “clinical correlations” written by psychiatrist Dr. Ish Major, drawing a connecting line between Charlamagne’s unrest and his achievements. Charlamagne Tha God wrote “Shook One” as a tell-it-all diary of his struggles with mental health. And with candid honesty, he hopes to break the stigma around seeking urgent treatment.
Salary and Net Worth
Charlamagne Tha God has been busy in too many ways. He earns from his work on air especially with the really famous shows he’s been a part of. He also has decent earnings from the two books he has published and currently earns $3 million annually even though the figure has not been substantiated. In all, he has a Net Worth estimated at $10 million.
Is he Married or Gay? – Wife & Daughter
Being in the limelight sure has its perks. Charlamagne Tha God’s media career has endeared him to the hearts of no few people across the United States and around the world, and the ladies aren’t left out.
He is married to Jessica Gadsden (now Jessica McKelvey), a fitness instructor from South California; his home region. Jessica’s current career as a fitness instructor seems far flung from her university training in journalism and Mass Communication.
The two began their love walk way back in high school. And after several years of dating, tied the knot on September 6, 2014. Their union has produced two adorable daughters. Though a media personality, Charlamagne has largely kept family life on a low key.
In a highly publicized video clip, Charlamagne is alleged to have admitted to being gay. Although there is not much evidence on its validity. Moreover, considering the fact that he is married to a person of the opposite sex, it would be safe to trust his sexuality as straight.
Height and Body Measurement
Charlamagne stands at an average height of 5 feet 6 inches with a masculine body tone that tells a lot about his personal workout sessions at the gym. He measures 42, 15 and 33 inches for his chest, biceps and hips respectively. He weighs 72 kg, wears a black skin and hair, with brown coloured eyes.