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When Kanye West went on a promotional run for the Yeezus Tour in New York City last month, everyone was waiting to see how Kanye and Charlamagne Tha God would interact on 105.1’s morning show, The Breakfast Club. With Charlamagne Tha God's brash and straight forward style and Yeezy's quick temper, the stage was set for a primetime fight. Well, the interview lived up to everyone's expectation and more. The "shock-jock" host questioned Kanye's actions, calling him a “walking contradiction." He told Kanye that he thinks Yeezus is "wack" and even called him “Kanye Kardashian.” To everyone's surprise, Yeezy didn't go nuts on him like he did on Sway In The Morning and Charlamagne became the star of the show.

Fast forward to today, Charlamagne was recently profiled in the New York Times, where he discussed his long tough road to radio. XXL tuned in and pulled out 8 Things We Learned from the article including his jail stints, his relationship (or lack there of) with Wendy Williams, and the meaning behind his name.

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Charlamagne went to jail a couple times.

Quote:  Arrest records from Berkeley County, S.C., show he wound up in and out of jail.

 

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Charlamagne's father, Larry Thomas McKelvey, plays no games.

Quote: “The third time he got locked up, I let him sit there for approximately 41 days,” Mr. McKelvey said. “That’s when he called my wife and asked her to please get him out of jail. That’s when I decided ‘Enough is enough. I’ll give him another chance.’ ”

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We don't Know Charlamagne's real age.

Quote: (Though Charlamagne says he is 33, arrest records put his age at 35. “In the hip-hop culture, kids see age and automatically dismiss you,” he said, in responding to the discrepancy, not quite confirming which number was accurate.)

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Charlamagne worked on Wendy Williams radio show for free.

Quote:  For the first year and a half, he said, there wasn’t even a paycheck. “They told me they couldn’t pay me but they’d get me a place to stay,” he said. “I was like, ‘Cool,’ because I recognized the opportunity.”

 

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Charlamagne is not besties with Wendy Williams

Quote:  (For reasons that are not entirely clear, he and Ms. Williams no longer speak. Efforts to reach her for this article were unsuccessful.)

 

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There is no illuminati connection with the misspelling of his name

Quote:  "I was reading in the history book about Charlemagne, which is French for Charles the Great.” He added on “Tha God,” because it sounded cool.There wasn’t any grand plan for why he goes by Charlamagne rather than Charlemagne, though. “I think I just spelled it wrong,” he said with a shrug.

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Lil Kim may not like Charlamagne

Quote:  Lil’ Kim, reached on her cellphone, hung up about as soon as the words “Charlamagne Tha God” were mentioned.

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Charlamagne doesn't want to be the Old "cool" guy on TV

Quote:  “Sometimes you’ve got to take two steps back to take 10 steps forward,” he said. “I don’t want to be the guy who’s 50-something years old sitting in front of a microphone with my beard dyed black and my hat on backwards, yo yo yoing. You know what I mean? You have to grow and evolve and look towards the future.”