Charlamagne Tha God has long been a recognizable name throughout hip-hop culture, most notably because of the mega-popular syndicated radio show, The Breakfast Club, he hosts alongside Angela Yee and DJ Envy. What makes this show so impactful to the culture is its crossover appeal. The Breakfast Club is not limited to hip-hop content; guests from a wide variety of industries such as actors, comedians, and politicians all arrive to participate in candid, unadulterated interviews. As a result of possessing such a successful platform, Charlamagne Tha God has begun making his mark as an author. His first book, Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It received much acclaim amidst its debut and became a New York Times bestseller.
Moreover, Charlamagne Tha God is now gearing up for the release of his second book. Coming off the heels of the lauded, Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It, Charlamagne the God will soon return with a book titled, Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me. He sat down with Bill Rhoden on the HBCU 468 podcast to discuss the new book as well as open up about his personal struggles with anxiety and post-traumatic stress.
Charlamagne Tha God revealed that the title of the book is a reference to the classic 90’s hip-hop song Shook Ones by New York rap duo, Mobb Deep. The song is about not being weak or afraid, but conversely, Charlamagne Tha God believes that many actions he took in life to progress his career were actually motivated by fear. The subtitle of the book features another nod to classic hip-hop. Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me pays homage to legendary southern hip-hop group out of Houston, Texas, the Geto Boys, and their renowned song, Mind Playing Tricks on Me. Charlamagne Tha God wants to end the negative stigma many black people in America have with seeking the assistance of psychotherapy. Overall, Charlamange Tha God would like to use this book to create an open dialogue about the different paranoias that are associated with being black in America and shed light on the importance of mental health in the black community.