Being a radio or television personality isn’t just about the flows and rhythms, it takes a lot of hard work and determination. Charlamagne Tha God is a very unique media personality and when it comes to engaging his audience, he is very good at the craft. He garnered fame following his appearance on VH1’s show titled The Wendy Williams Experience. Since then, he has been making the rounds as one of the top-notch radio presenters in New York City.
The multi-talented media personality is currently associated with the New York City-based radio station known as WWPR-FM (Power 105.1) and is now most known as the host of the MTV2 show titled Uncommon Sense. He is also one of the anchors of the radio show titled The Breakfast Club and further serves as a video jockey for The Week in Jams alongside DJ Envy and Sofi Green. Before all of these, Charlamagne was a drug addict.
Charlamagne Tha God’s Birth Name and Early Life
The multi-talented star was born in Charleston, South California on June 29, 1978. His birth name is Lenard Larry McKelvey. He was raised in Moncks Corner, South California. While growing up, McKelvey experienced a rough childhood and was involved in several illegal activities. He was arrested twice for possession of illicit drugs such as marijuana and cocaine. On his third arrest, his dad refused to bail him and after spending 41 days in jail, he was later bailed by his mother.
When he came out of prison, McKelvey tried his best to change his lifestyle and become a better person. First, he enrolled in a night school and also started working as a radio intern. After a while, he adopted the stage name Charlamagne Tha God which he picked during his drug days.
According to him, he named himself Charles so that people who bought drugs from him won’t know his real name. By the time he got to night school and was reading about Charlemagne, French for Charles the Great, he came up with the name.
His life changed for good in 2005 when he began assisting Wendy Williams on her show titled The Wendy Williams Experience on VH1. The job wasn’t so big as he wasn’t paid any salary. Instead, they offered him only housing and he accepted it with hopes of growing in the process. In 2008, the show let him go and he stayed without a job for a while.
How He Made His $10 Million Net Worth
After he was laid off from Wendy William’s show, Charlamagne’s relationship with Williams got bad. The duo stopped talking for some time but later improved their relationship. In 2010, he replaced Power FM’s longtime host Ed Lover. The position saw him begin hosting The Breakfast Show with DJ Envy and Angela Yee. Several months later, he became a notable personality in the world of radio and this laid the foundation for him to grow his net worth.
Charlamagne Tha God has worked with some of the most popular celebrities and radio hosts in the industry. He appeared on the MTV2 comedy series titled Guy Code from 2011 to 2015. Alongside Andrew Schulz, he also began hosting a podcast titled The Brilliant Idiots. He has hosted other television shows such as Charlamagne & Friends, MTV New Year’s Live from Times Square, and 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Pre-show. Currently, he is the host of the popular MTV2 show titled Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne Tha God, as well as, BET show titled Inside the Label. All of these gigs have contributed to his wealth in no small manner.
Aside from his radio and TV career, Charlamagne is also a wonderful writer and has published a book titled Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It. The book was published in 2017 and was one of the top New York Times’ bestselling non-fiction. Also, he has appeared in movies and TV shows like Empire, Grows House, and Ride Along.
Charlamagne has accumulated a good fortune since he kicked off his career as a media personality. His wealth is currently estimated at $10 million and it is said that he bags as much as $3 million per annum as salary. This is undeniably a significant change from his past.
Making Sense of His Family Life
Charlemagne Tha God is someone with an impeccable personality. Being a celebrity, he has won the heart of so many ladies with his brilliant and engaging talk shows, nevertheless, he hasn’t been involved in many relationships. He is married to his high school sweetheart named Jessica Gadsden. Jessica is two years younger than he is and they both hail from South California. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with an MBA from Webster University. Jessica currently works as a fitness instructor, specializing in bodybuilding and gymnastics.
As stated earlier, the amazing love story of Charlamagne and his wife started way back in high school. They have always supported each other irrespective of their different career paths. After 16 years of a successful relationship, they decided to seal their love with a nuptial bond in 2014. This was thanks to one of their daughters who wondered why he and Jessica had different last names. Their wedding was held on September 6, 2014, and was attended by close friends and family members.
While some celebrities enjoy the glamour of the limelight, Charlamagne has chosen to shield his family from the prying eyes of the media. Although he always mentions them on his shows and podcasts, he doesn’t disclose details about them in the media.
I feel Pap on the baby names tho. My first daughter name is Muslim, my third daughters name is African, my second daughter name is Greek and all of them have righteous, powerful meanings. #MeetTheMackies
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) October 2, 2018
The duo has three adorable daughters but has not revealed any detail about them, including their names. However, on an exceptional occasion, during a discussion on odd names, Charlamagne shared on Twitter that his eldest daughter has a Muslim name, his second a Greek name, and his third an African name; all of them have a positive powerful meaning, he claims.
So far, the decision to keep their family life away from the public has been working fine for Charlamagne and his wife. No scandal has been linked to them and there is no reason to doubt they have a happy home.