Charlamagne Tha God recently discusses his second book “shook one: Anxiety playing tricks on me.” Speaking with HBCU 468’s Bill Rhoden, Charlamagne Tha God talked of his vulnerable side and the struggles he underwent with his post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety and the reasons why he decided to go to therapy. As he puts it, the title of the book is in respect to the song “shook ones” by Mobb Deep. Talking about the song, he said that the song is about not being soft or in other word shook, but as he realized, he is a shook one. Charlamagne Tha God said that the things he earlier did, he did thinking that he was fearless, but according to him, the truth of the matter is that he did them out of fear. As he explains it, most of his worries were as a result of the many fights he has been involved in, his being attacked as well as the racism he faced.
When it comes to the rest of the title “Anxiety playing tricks on me” was a shoutout to Geto Boys’ song called mind playing tricks on me. As Charlamagne explained, the song’s lyrics are about the nervousness. The breakfast club star in the book talks about his Blacknoid state which is a term he came up with for being black as well as paranoid. As he explains this state, Charlamagne said that there are a lot of anxieties that come with being Blacknoid. After realizing the problem he was in, Charlagmane Tha God who was39 years old by then decided to go to therapy. He says that the treatment together with his faith helped him to come into terms with a lot of fears and past issues he ignored.
Charlamagne Tha God was born Lenard Larry McKelvey and is a radio presenter and also a television personality. Charlamagne is the co-host of the American syndicated radio show called “The Breakfast Club.” He is a VJ in “The Week in Jams” alongside Sofi Green and DJ Envy. Charlamagne Tha God in 2015 started hosting the MTV2 show known as “Uncommon Sense.”