Jalen Rose and Charlamagne tha God discuss mental health and making amends

My “Renaissance Man” guest this week has philosophy as he approaches his studio mic.

“I always try to be the perfect balance between ratchet and uprightness,” Charlemagne tha Allah told me. But he said he doesn’t know if that balance is always possible, so when all else fails: “I’m just striving to be human.”

“Breakfast Club” co-host, who also hosts “Tha God’s Honest Truth” on Comedy Central, is called Hip-Hop Howard Stern and is best known for his scathing commentary about characters in urban culture. But the character, whose real name is Leonard McKelvey, has undergone a transformation over the past few years that has required him to address his ego, his humanity, and his panic attacks.

The South Carolina native told me that he became a “caricature” of himself while trying to live up to his shocking personality. But in the end, he realized he was hurting people, including the artists he was gossiping about and his family. For example, Charlemagne said that he had long criticized rapper Young Thug for being of different generations and was not a fan of his music. He didn’t do how to hurt the then-budding rapper, until Young Thag opened up about it.

“He’s 30 years old and he tells me how much my words hurt him back in the day and how angry he was about it… and he was like, ‘Yo, I was 18, 19 coming out of the ghetto, just trying to figure things out’… I didn’t understand it in That time. And he really kept setting the record straight for me, just like, ‘I don’t want to hurt anyone, man. That’s… not my intention.'”

And at home, he said his wife Jessica asked, “Who are you?”

It was a question he had to tackle because trying to keep up with everyone’s perception that he was just a sexy, provocative larger than life character started messing with his mind.

“I started going to therapy in 2016 because I was losing it. I didn’t want to go crazy,” he said, adding that he was “really feeding off Charlemagne, you know, getting all the booty that comes with those, you know, women?” I’ve never had that much money,” he said, adding that he didn’t want to break up his family as his father had done for a generation before.

Charlemagne tha God portrays "This is God's true truth" in September.
Charlemagne Tha God portrays “Tha God’s Honest Truth” in September.
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He also realized that he had been having panic attacks for years, and the more money and power he got, the more severe they were. He went to therapy to address her. In 2018, he released a book titled “Shook One: Anxiety Play Tricks on Me”. The book brought him into the category of mental health advocate, although he initially fought against the label. When Tracie Jade, who works with Taraji P. Henson at mental health awareness charity and the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, introduced him in this way, he protested.

“I’m like, I’m not a mental health advocate.” I heard Taraji was like, ‘Yeah, you are. Whether you realize it or not. Right.’ And so I kind of realized as a man, this is what I want my life’s work to be. I want to help black people heal, especially black men.”

Now, the father of four is so exploited by his feelings that, in addition to talking therapy, he went to a “mental health gym” in Michigan where he did float therapy and brain training – and he knows that’s part of his personal development.

“I know I’ve probably taken people on a bunch of different trips watching me, you know, evolve over the past 11 years with The Breakfast Club. I haven’t had four daughters in 11 years. I wasn’t going to therapy. I didn’t have sacred purpose coaches, as You know, I do healing energy work on myself…so, yeah, I’m a different human being, and I know I approach things with a lot more compassion.”

This does not mean that he has lost his sharpness. I’ve been friends with him for a very long time, and now he’s just as amusing as he was when he switched from Lenard to Charlamagne tha God. But now he is able to show all sides of himself, not just the character he played on the radio. He loves his new show that allows him to show his comedy clips. He still performs “Donkey of the Day” – a very popular clip that started at Philadelphia Station before the launch of the Breakfast Club in 2010. Sometimes he gives himself up because he’s a self-aware guy with a good sense of humour. And the person who cooks it should be able to eat it.

Charlemagne also admits his mistakes and his hunger to come back always stronger. In fact, it was separated four times by different radio buggies, which would be a detour for most humans. For him, it was a learning experience.

With Charlemagne’s most kind and sympathetic display, I asked who the celebrity would he like to make atonement with? Nicki Minaj said. The pair were once “cool” to each other. But they have a controversial history. He criticized her record in “Anaconda” and some of her life choices, and while she was claiming it He banned her from his programme It’s something he denies.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for Nikki. What Nikki has done is unprecedented. Like, she’s reinvigorated female hip-hop over the past decade. Like, all these new artists, every single one of them from Cardi to Meg. [thee Stallion]Whatever, because Nikki opened up in that lane again.”

That is why I propose to hold the first “Renaissance” summit. It would be an honor to welcome Nicky and Charlamagne to the show and broker a lasting peace between the two icons. After all, we are here to make history.

A native of Detroit Galen Rose He is a member of the rebellious Fab Five at the University of Michigan, who rocked the world of college hoops in the early ’90s. He played 13 seasons in the NBA, before moving to a media personality. Rose currently works as an analyst on “NBA Countdown” and “Get Up”, and co-host on “Jalen & Jacoby”. Executive produced “The Fab Five” for the ESPN series “30 for 30”, bestselling author, “Got To Give the People What Want”, fashion tastemaker, and co-founder of Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, a charter public school in his hometown .


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