In this installment of the Celeb Chop-Up we caught up with shock-jock extraordinaire host of Power 105.1’s morning show The Breakfast Club and MTV2’s Uncommon Sense Charlamagne Tha God to talk everything from the day he truly understood what being “in the zone” meant on the blacktop to whether he’d make an appearance on Drake’s highly-anticipated Views From the 6 album (Now that they’re bottle-sharing friends) to why Meek Mill’s L was worse than Katt Williams’.
Jason Jordan: I always like to gauge the sports backgrounds and experiences of all of my guests on the Celeb Chop-Up; what sports did you try coming up?
Charlamagne Tha God: Well, all of my family used to play football coming up in South Carolina and that seemed like it was best way out of the hood. I remember back around 1992 or 1993, Berkeley High School (S.C.) brought in this new coach named Jerry Brown and I started to see all of my cousins getting football scholarships. They were leaving the hood off of football so that’s what I would try and play. I was a late bloomer and I tried to play football in high school, but my grades or my behavior weren’t up to par so they wouldn’t let me play. I went to like two tryouts then they said, yeah, you can’t come back.
JJ: That’s rough. Well, everyone had a shining moment in a sport whether they played organized or not. Tell me about yours.
CTG: You know, that’s so crazy that you would say that; you know how they talk about being in “the zone” in basketball. Well, my neighbor was a guy named Donnell Gibbs and they had a big cement driveway with a goal. I remember one day I literally made about 30 shots in a row. I just couldn’t miss. I remember saying, “This is what it feels like to be in the zone.”
JJ: Who’s your favorite sports team?
CTG: Oh the Dallas Cowboys all day. My dad is a fanatic so I got it from him. I remember one time my mom bought me a Washington Redskins Mark Rypien sweatshirt and he took it in the yard and burned it; that’s how serious we are. My father is one of those idiots you see online with a tattoo that says Cowboys six-time Super Bowl champions; even though it’s five. He got it after their last Super Bowl win and said it was a prophecy that we’d win it the next year. I remember saying, “Well, what if we win more than six?” Needless to say even No. 6 hasn’t come true. I also love the Gamecocks!
JJ: Pops is dedicated! Let’s take it random in 3,2,1… Your Donkey of the Day award is legendary for sure, since we’re in basketball season, which NBA player has the best chance to receive the award most regularly?
CTG: It used to be J.R. Smith, for some reason he started to change his act up. I would say right now it’s probably Dwight Howard or DeMarcus Cousins. I recently gave him Donkey of the Day.
JJ: Who took the bigger L: Meek Mill or Katt Williams?
CTG: Aaaaah man! That is a tough one only because Katt Williams has been consistently taking a whole bunch of L’s. You knew that he was bound to take another L sooner or later, you just didn’t know it was gonna be to a 7th grader. But with Meek we didn’t see this coming. He had everything going for him; No. 1 album two weeks in a row, dating Nicki Minaj then he goes off on a Twitter rant against Drake. He’s like, “Don’t compare me to Drake, I write my own stuff.” I’m like, “Meek no one’s ever compared you to Drake.” Then Drake just bodied him real quick. Then the internet bodied him real quick. So I’m gonna have to say Meek.
JJ: I tend to agree; though I maintain that the 7th grader could be the next UFC star. What was your worst pre-fame job?
CTG: Selling crack. The reason I say that because it’s illegal and I’m taking all of these penitentiary chances for nothing. Plus, I’m causing destruction to my community; it’s just wack. Worst job ever.
JJ: What movie absolutely deserves another installment?
CTG: The Incredibles. We need a sequel; I’ve been wanting that for years.
JJ: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
CTG: Prejudice people, regardless of what the prejudice is. It’s all wack to me.
JJ: Now that we’ve confirmed that you’ve received bottles from Drake, can we at least expect a voiceover from you on Views From the 6?
CTG: (Laughs) I doubt that. I’ve actually never met Drake. We’ve DM’d a few times on the Gram, but that’s it.
JJ: If you would 100 percent get away with it which crime would you commit?
CTG: That’s a tough one for me because it wouldn’t be about getting caught by the law, it’d be more about what God sees. You may escape the law, but you never know what that’s gonna bring down the line. I’ve done a lot of crimes in my lifetime that I didn’t get caught for, but I’m sure I paid for it in my life in some way, shape or form.
JJ: When you see yellow traffic lights what’s the first thing that pops into your head?
CTG: (Laughs) Hit the gas!
JJ: What’s the most overused slang word?
CTG: Lit. I had a conversation with some beautiful afro-latino women recently and I asked what it was like to be afro-latino; their response was, “It’s lit!” I was like, “Yeah, that’s not what I was looking for.” Lit has got to go.
JJ: What current fad would you love to see die-off?
CTG: I don’t know I’m pretty good with all the fads. Most of them are social media driven. I love the Michael Jordan crying face meme! Hmm, maybe Future hats. Everyone’s wearing those stupid hats. Maybe those can go.
JJ: You have to pick one: 12 rounds in the ring with Mike Tyson in his prime or five rounds in the octagon with Anderson Silva in his prime?
CTG: Dang! You don’t have anything nicer? I can’t arm wrestle with Oprah! Dang, OK I’m gonna say Mike because it’s not gonna go 12 rounds. Mike’s gonna win a lot earlier than that.
JJ: What random fact can you just tell me right now?
CTG: That there are 79 organs. There are 78 in the body and the 79th is your cell phone.
JJ: What sitcom intro song do you know every word to?
CTG: Oh come on now Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
JJ: How would you use a rewind button in life?
CTG: Wow, well you know what, that’s interesting because it’s like Back To The Future when you go back in time and change things, but that causes other events to happen. It’s almost like everything that happens in your life is supposed to happen. Going back to press rewind might mess some things up.
JJ: What was your worst childhood punishment?
CTG: Oh man, a beating with an extension cord and then I had to take a bath right after.
JJ: Yikes! Twitter or Instagram?
CTG: Twitter, because I have things to say. I think Instagram is for people who don’t have a lot to say. If you notice a lot of beautiful women have mad followers on Instagram and hardly none on Twitter; that’s because people would rather see them than hear from them.
JJ: If you could’ve been a fly on the wall for any past historic event which would you pick?
CTG: Wow, I’ve got a bunch of those. Definitely, I would’ve wanted to have been there for Jesus’ alleged resurrection. I just would’ve wanted to be there to really see if that one went down. I love Him, but I would’ve wanted to witness that one for myself. I mean it sounds pretty cool.
JJ: Blindfolded can you tell the difference between Pepsi and Coke?
CTG: Absolutely. Coke is bitter and Pepsi is sweeter. I haven’t had soda in years, but I definitely remember that.
JJ: OK, we’ve got Uncommon Sense Fridays at 11 p.m. on MTV2 and, of course, we’ve got the No. 1 morning show The Breakfast Club, talk about everything fans can expect from you coming up.
CTG: Thanks Jason. Uncommon Sense is back with a lot more politically incorrect views and potentially dangerous rhetoric. I love having different platforms to express my views, but also for other people to express their views. We’ve added Andrew Schulz, who is my podcast partner on Brilliant Idiots, as well as Crissle from the podcast The Read. Of course we’ve got all the returning favorites and we’re just trying to make our mark in the TV world. The Breakfast Club we’re just growing every day. We had Dick Gregory on recently and he was incredible. I love what we do; we’re in 36 markets now and, hey, God is good man.
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