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Larry McKelvey, also known as Charlamagne The God is an author, TV personality, actor, and radio host in America. He hosts Tha God’s Honest Truth, a late-night talk show on Comedy Central. He is also part of the syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club as a co-host alongside Angela Yee and DJ Envy. Two years ago, all three earned serious points due to their performance on the show and were initiated into the Radio Hall of Fame.
Before working on The Breakfast Club radio show, he had worked for numerous radio stations. He worked with Wendy Williams on VH1 as the second mic on the show known as the Wendy Williams Experience. He was featured on Guy Code, Guy Court, and Girl Code and was the Black Effect Podcast Network founder. Along with DJ Envy and Sofi Green, he was a VJ for The Week In Jams. In 2015, McKelvey started hosting the MTV2 show known as Uncommon Sense. In this article, we will be talking about Charlamagne Tha God’s net worth and more.
Lenard Larry McKelvey was born on June 29th, 1978, to Larry Thomas McKelvey and his wife. They were both Jehovah’s Witnesses until his father, Larry Thomas McKelvey, became a Muslim. He was raised in Moncks Corner, Charleston, South Carolina, and got arrested twice for selling drugs.
After being found near a spot where there was a gunfight, he was arrested a third time and spent more than one month in prison because his father had no interest in bailing him out. When he was finally released, he had a decision to make, it was either he would go on being a thug or finally change his path. Choosing to pick himself up and change his old way of life probably saved him.
He enrolled in a night school at Berkeley High to study broadcasting and media. He was then allowed to intern at a radio station in Charleston known as Z93 Jamz, and this was the beginning of his radio career. He also worked at WHXT in Columbia. In 2006, he became an assistant presenter to Wendy Williams after leaving South Carolina.
When he was a drug dealer, he went by the name ‘Charles,’ and when he combined his street name with Charlemagne (ruler of Western Europe around 800 A.D.), he came up with his stage name, ‘Charlamagne .’He only added ‘Tha God’ to the name because, according to him, it “sounded cool.”
He was upfront and always liked to air his views. When interviewing guests (mostly R&B and hip-hop artists), he was usually very blunt when asking them questions, which made him famous. However, it also stirred up some tension between him and the guests.
In 2008, he was the host of the morning show at 100.3 The Beat in Philadelphia. The following year, the station sacked him after he aired an interview with Beanie Sigel, former rapper of Roc-A-Fella records, alongside Jay-Z. After losing his job, he went back home to Charleston and lived with his mom for a year before WWPR-FM gave him a call to co-host The Breakfast Club.
The Breakfast Club
In 2010, Charlamagne began co-hosting with DJ Envy and Angela Yee on The Breakfast Club in New York. Due to his way of interviewing guests at his shows, he called himself the “Prime Minister of Pissing People Off, the Architect of Aggravation, and the Ruler of Rubbing People the Wrong Way.” Power 105.1 started the shows and competed with Hot 97, one of the most widely-known shows at the time.
He appeared on television for the first time in 2009 in a movie titled Kiss & Tail: The Hollywood Jump-off, and in 2011, he starred in a comedy show titled the Guy Code on MTV2. The show focused on how men should conduct themselves, and it aired until March 2015. In 2011, he also starred in This Thing of Ours, and in 2012, he starred in two movies, Hip Hop POV and the Hood State of Union. In 2013, he starred in The Week in Jams, Girl Code, and the MTV2 show titled Charlamagne & Friends. In 2013 and 2014, he was the co-host of MTV New Year’s live. In 2014, Rolling Stone magazine dubbed him “hip-hop’s Howard Stern.” In this same year, he also appeared as a cop in Ride Along.
In 2015, he was a correspondent for the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show, and it was in this same year he began hosting Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne Tha God on MTV2. He also received a role as narrator for BET’s Inside The Label. Other shows in which he made an appearance in 2015 were Catfish: The TV show and the TV series known as Empire.
In 2017, he played the role of Black Jesus in Grow House and Hunnid Gramz in Bodied. He was in three episodes of Catfish: Trolls in 2018, and in 2020, he appeared in the Dave TV series. His latest appearance in a movie was Boogie, in which he played Patrick.
Other Business Ventures
In his lifetime, aside from his popular feats achieved on radio and television, McKelvey has written two books. The first book, Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It, was published in 2017 and got a lot of positive reviews. The New York Times described the book as a “street-smart self-help guide,” It ranked sixth in the New York Times list of best-selling hardback non-fiction as of May 7th, 2017. His second book Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me, was published on October 23rd, 2018.
In 2008, Charlamagne Tha god released two songs and an album. The title of his two singles was Hood Hard and I’m Clean, while the title of his album was South Crack. One would say that this man had his hand stuck in every pie his eyes could see.
Charlamagne Tha God became the host of a YouTube series from the Hollywood Reporter known as Emerging Hollywood, a show in which he discusses political topics with professionals in the Hollywood industry. He has had several guests on this show, including Jameela Jamil and Trevor Noah. In 2020, he partnered with iHeartMedia and established the Black Effect Podcast Network. In August that same year, he and his co-hosts, DJ Envy and Angela Yee, from The Breakfast Club, were introduced into the Radio Hall of Fame. He currently hosts the Brilliant Idiots podcast with another MTV2 personality, Andrew Schulz, on Combat Jack’s Loud Speakers Network.
Charlamagne Tha God’s net worth is $10 million. According to our sources, the current contract of Charlamagne Tha god bags him a yearly salary of $3 million.
Throughout his career, Charlamagne Tha god worked for several radio stations and even became a TV personality. He also wrote two books and has released an album. All of these are incredible feats considering his background and how far he has come. One of his favorite quotes is, “I’ve been fired four times, and it’s worth it to be myself.”