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.”
Alex Pall is passionate about two things, being the DJ on top of the decks and telling his personal stories through music. Pall‘s life was not always this fun though, there was a time he felt guilty about work being fun, and for a time, he ventured into the art industry before realizing that music was what made his heart beat fast.
Alex Pall found his way back to his first love and started a band he named the Chainsmokers before he lost his partner and in a stroke of luck he came across Andrew Taggart who turned out to be the best and closest real life and music buddy. Together they have worked on songs like Selfie, Roses, Waterbed, Don’t Let me Down and most recently Closer. Pall is proud of the fact that their music transcends gender and age. Pall and Andrew often take part in every stage of their music production process. For instance they throw in their ideas during song writing and even at times they write the songs themselves and tell the stories of their lives.
This factor distinguishes Pall and his band from the rest because most artists don’t want to expose themselves that much to people and prefer to sing songs that are not about them.
Alex Pall has come a long way from his days as a struggling DJ who had to make ends meet by working ten straight hours every day in his apartment. Together with his then partner, Alex Pall was still trying to figure out what he loved musically and what worked best. Through his massive contribution to the band, it is easy to see that Alex is not only welcoming but a hard worker as well.
Ever since they joined hands Alex and Taggart, have achieved milestones. They have been on tour and visited countries they never imagined they could. They have also worked with artists like Halsey who they always wanted to work with. Alex Pall is also a social media enthusiast who loves Instagram; and it is through this platform that he interacts with his fans.
Alex Pall is a member of the duo group Chainsmokers and is a DJ in the band as well as a songwriter.
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Alex’s journey is the perfect definition of a grass to grace story. He hails from a humble background as a child of a stay at home mom and an art dealer. It is through his background that he developed interest for maters art. Currently at 33 years, Alex is a force to reckon in the music industry and there is no doubt that his hometown Westchester County New York is proud of its son.