Charlamagne—Wendy Williams’ brazen sidekick and radio celebrity in his own right—is known for his slick tongue and virtually uncensored opinions; however, it’s about time he’s known for more than that. For entertainment purposes, very rarely do we see positivity in the forefront. So it’s no surprise that Charlamagne’s insults and disses are all you see when you google him. Luckily, that’s not all there is to this DJ. Charlamagne has had a strong career thus far and is still walking down his chosen path to make it even stronger. He’s already released a compilation album this month called South Crack the Album. No worries, ladies and gentlemen, Charlamagne will not be spitting mad lyrics on the microphone, but he will give his fellow unsigned South Carolinians a chance to. With plans to one day take over talk radio and create a lifestyle brand we’re certainly bound to see more compelling google results for Charlamagne in the near future.
Berkeley County Bully, Dirt Road Don, Dirty Mouth of the Dirty South, Catalyst of Controversy, Prince of Pissing People Off, Ruler of Rubbing You the Wrong Way, Architect of Aggravation, Amazing Face, Charlamagne…why so many names?
I feel like change is the basis of growth and growth is the basis for life and I feel like I am constantly growing. I feel like human beings try so hard to grasp on to one personality and we’re not one dimensional beings. It’s so many different people inside of us. You might think it’s schizophrenic, but it’s true. I feel like I’m so many different people, so why not embrace all of them.
You got your name from the Roman Emperor Charles the Great aka Charlamagne. What made you feel that name would suit you?
Charlamagne the Emperor was about spreading education and religion. Those were two things that were big for him. I grew up a spiritual person and I feel like knowledge is power. When I say education, sometimes people automatically think college. It could be street education. I like to say I’ve got a GHD—a ghetto hood degree. I like to share my experiences and hopefully people can learn from my experiences the same way I learned from other people’s experiences. I feel like we’re one in the same [me and Emperor Charlamagne], plus his dynasty was the Carolinian dynasty.
Why is there practically no accessible information on your past? Is that your preference—to be so ambiguous?
Being that I went from zero to 60 [South Carolina to New York], a lot of people think I came out of nowhere. I’ve been doing radio for eight years. Z 93 in Charleston, SC—I am the same person on the air now that I was then. Actually, I think I was worse then. I used to come to work liquored up, high *he laughs* I was reckless on the mic. I did radio at Z93 for a year and a half. I moved on to HOT 98.9 in Charleston with my own show Monday though Friday, number one radio show in the city. Then the Big DM 101.3 and HOT 103.9 in Columbia, SC. I did youth ministry at Mohammed Mosque #38 [down there] forever. That’s how I ended up interviewing the Honorable Louis Farrakhan. I was always promoting parties and doing A&R. I don’t know why my past isn’t out there. Maybe the bigger I get, the more it will be out there. I’m not worried about the past. Let’s talk about the present and the future.
I know you had your chance to interview Farrakhan. Was that your most rewarding interview thus far in your career?
That was the crème de la crème. That’s not rap or entertainment, that’s life. That is someone that has inspired millions of people to change their lives. I grew up watching Minister Farrakhan. My father had me sitting down watching him, even when I didn’t want to. I’ve always had a love for Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam, so it was rewarding, being able to sit down and build with him and ask about life. After I asked my first two questions, he politely asked me to stop asking questions and he was going to talk to me. He invited me into his hotel room and there I built with him for 30 minutes. He told me I was more than what I appeared to be to other people and that I was a blessing to hip hop. He said he wanted to give all the wisdom the God gave him, to me, so that I could carry it on to the next generation. That was a life changing moment. I’m actually going to release that interview again.
You call yourself a public servant and say that you are “about the people.” What are you doing in your life to make this a true statement?
**This surprised me as one of the most informative & enlightening interviews I’ve ever had. This man is amazing! Read the rest here.**