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Charlamagne Tha God: The Man Behind— ‘Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me’

Updated: Dec 31, 2019


Charlamagne Tha God Talks Mental Health With Dr. Phil

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  • Charlamagne Tha God is the Co-host of the nationally syndicated hip-hop iHeartRadio program, “The Breakfast Club” with DJ Envy and Angela Yee.

  • He is also a New York Times bestselling author of Black Privilege, and released his second book, “Shook One” he talks about being plagued by anxieties – fear of being weak; fear of being a bad dad; fear of being a worse husband, and fear of failure.

  • In “Shook One”, Charlamagne details the way anxiety has been a driving force in his life since childhood, where he grew up poor and living in a trailer in Moncks Corner, South Carolina.

  • Even after he achieved success, Charlamagne still found himself paralyzed by thoughts that he would not be able to take his career to the next level.

  • Although Charlamagne says he knows therapy and showing weakness are anxiety producing in the African-American community, he hope by owning his truth that he is clearing the path for others, so they will not feel shame while dealing openly with their mental health.

  • “Destiny is not a matter of chance it's a matter of choice”

  • “I have a tattoo of Wolverine from the X-men on my arm holding a microphone. I got this tattoo and I was like 17 or 18 years old when tattoos were illegal in South Carolina. I knew that a microphone was going to change my life."

  • “I think I'm having more fun now because I'm finally back to being what it is I am. I want to talk about therapy right now. I want to talk about being vulnerable. I want to talk about my anxiety.


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Charlamagne Tha God

Charlamagne Tha God is best known for being co-host of the nationally syndicated hip-hop iHeartRadio program The Breakfast Club. He is also a social media influencer; an executive producer with his own production company, CThaGod World; and co-host of the popular podcast Brilliant Idiots. Born and raised in Moncks Corner in South Carolina, Charlamagne quickly rose to become one of today’s most unique and compelling media personalities. His point of view and provocative celebrity interviews help drive the daily national conversation about issues related to hip-hop, race, society, and politics. He is the author of the New York Times Best Seller Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It and Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me (release date: Oct. 2018).


Fear is holding you back. It’s time to turn the tables and channel your fears to actually fuel your success.


Being shook is more than a rap lyric for Charlamagne, it’s his mission to overcome. While it may seem like he is ahead of the game and should have nothing to worry about, he is still plagued by anxieties—fear of being weak; fear of being a bad dad; fear of being a worse husband; and ultimately fear of failure. SHOOK ONE is his journey to beat back those fears and to empower you to no longer be held back from your potential.


SHOOK ONE details how anxiety has been a driving force in Charlamagne’s life since childhood. For many years, he stressed over what he thought were personal shortcomings: fear of being unpopular in school, potential rejection by women, of being ugly and worst of all, falling into the life of stagnation or crime that caught up so many of his friends and family in his hometown of Moncks Corner, South Carolina.


Even after achieving national prominence as a radio personality, Charlamagne still found himself paralyzed by thoughts that he isn’t going to be able to take his career to the “next level.” But now he is working through these problems with help from mentors, guests on his show, and therapy. He knows therapy and showing weakness is in itself anxiety producing in the black community, but this is one of the reasons he wants to own his truth—to clear a path for others to not feel shame dealing openly with their mental health.




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