Charlamagne Preps New Show: “It’s Just Me In A Suit, Being Me”
Tell me about the importance of the VMA’s coming back to New York and this time to Brooklyn.
MTV is always on the pulse of everything that’s fresh and fly, and right now the Barclays Center is the freshest and flyest arena in the world. They already did it in Miami, they did it in L.A. several times, so why not bring it back to New York? And I always feel like whenever the VMA’s are in New York, those are the best VMA’s. The last one was in 2009, and that was a classic VMA’s. You had Lil’ Mama interrupting Jay Z. You had Kanye interrupting Taylor. New York brings a certain honesty out of artists. Everybody’s really being themselves and it’s no holds barred, and I think this year should be no exception. And it’s been a big year! You’ve had a lot of historic moments. It’s gonna be something to watch.
What’s your responsibility at the actual award show?
My responsibility is just to get as drunk as possible and look fly in my suit.
And jump onstage with somebody?
Nah, I’m definitely not doing that. I like my job at MTV. I’m not gonna be the reason that a moment gets fucked up. Not me.
So you’ve mentioned that Big Sean is going to be on the panel on Charlamagne & Friends.
Yeah, it’s gonna be good. For me personally, Big Sean might be my favorite rapper out right now. Bar-wise. Big Sean been snappin’. “Switch Up” was my joint, I think people slept on that. People slept on his verse on “Control,” because Kendrick’s verse was so crazy. It’s almost like “Renegade,” when Jay spit two prolific verses, but Em is otherworldly was his. But Sean snapped on that record. “Fire” was cool, he snapped on the record with Drake. Sean is dope right now. At this very moment, he might be my favorite guy spitting.
No offense to Sean, but I’ve never heard anyone say Big Sean was their favorite rapper.
Well, you know, people always catch on to things that I say later. I told y’all that Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber wanted to be ratchet niggas two years ago. I called it! Justin was on the Breakfast Club and I told him, “If you don’t stop hanging out with these rap negroes… It’s cool to do songs with them, but eventually they gonna start getting you in trouble.” And look what happened. I called that.
Would you have Bieber on your show now?
Of course! Why wouldn’t I? We gonna get down to the bottom of this ratchet mess. Gotta tell him to keep his head above ratchet waters. I would love to see how that conversation would go now, being that I told him that then, and he sees it now. I would love to hear where his mind state is at now.
Alright, so what should people expect from Charlamagne & Friends?
It’s just more of the same. Nothing’s gonna change, except it’s gonna be me with a suit on. I’m big on being consistent. Whatever you’re doing in life, you have to be consistent. Anybody can score 30 points in one night, but can you consistently average 30 points throughout the season? That’s what makes you a great. So I want to consistently be consistent… I would love to see Charlamagne & Friends as a regular series. I want to do what Andy Cohen is doing for Bravo on MTV2, or what Chelsea is doing on E!, I want to be that for MTV2. And just keep being consistent. Keep working, keep God first and stay humble.