Please welcomeCharlamagne Tha God.
-♪ -(cheering, applause)
What's up, Trev?
-What's up, man?-How are you?
-What up, Trev?-Welcome to the show, man.
-Thank you for having me, man.-Thank you for being here.
Thank you so much for beinghere. For some people
who do not know,uh, who you are...
A lot of peoplewho don't know who I am.
Yeah, but some--we're just gonna say some.
-A lot of peopleknow your voice. -Uh-huh.
Because you're on radio...uh, one of the biggest
radio stations, it's syndicatedall over the country.
70-plus markets,but who's counting?
The Breakfast Club through iHeart. Yeah. Yeah.
Uh, you guysare really successful.
-Praise G... Praise be to God.-Yeah, well, w...
-"Tha God" or...-No-- God,
-like, the big manupstairs. Yeah. -Oh.
Well, some peopleare confused...
what-what doesCharlamagne Tha God mean?
Well, you know,I used to, um, sell crack,
so when I used to sell crackI used to say
my name was Charles,'cause that was like a aka,
because I didn'twant to know who... my...
If I said my real name,then they would, you know,
know I was my father's son,'cause my name is Larry.
-And I'm from a real small town.-Wait, wait, wait,
so, you sold crackand you're like...
you're like, "I'm a drug dealer,so my name's gonna be Charles."
No, that was the alias,so that I was reading
-in the history book one day...-Yeah, but I mean, like,
you're like, "I'm gonna be adrug dealer, my name's Charles"?
Yeah, I thought that was justa... like, a nice, cool,
-like, normal name, like, yeah.-For a drug dealer.
Yeah, just ask for Charleswhen you pull up. Yeah.
Just, like,makes it sophisticated
-when the people roll up.-Yeah, I mean,
anything was-was betterthan getting a ass kicking
from my pops by sayingmy real name was Larry.
-Yeah. -So, uh, so, so,Charles and then Charlamagne
-came from that.-Yeah, 'cause Charlamagne
is French for"Charles the Great."
-Oh. -Yeah. So, technically,it's like, uh, you know,
it's reallyCharlamagne the Great Tha God,
which makes no sense. So it'slike, Charles the Great Tha God.
Yeah, it's complicated.I did it when I was 17,
don't judge me for it.It-it works... it works now.
-Yeah, it works now.-I like how...
-Yeah, I don't...-(cheering, applause)
-You know what I love?-Yeah.
You know what I lovein that whole exchange?
He's like, uh, "My name--don't judge me for that.
The crack-dealing? Whatever."Uh...
That was my past life, though.
-Uh...-I don't glorify that at all.
Let's... let... And you don't.You actually don't. You...
Nah, I think that's whack.I think it's corny.
You're one of those people whohas become really successful,
specificallyfor speaking your mind.
Some people have referred to you
as the Howard Stern of hip-hop radio.
Minus about a billion dollars.
Like, some people go,as an insult.
-You take it as a compliment.-Yeah.
Do you try to be that...?
Do you try to be controversialon your show?
No. Absolutely not.
I mean, I think it's funny
that I get paid for somethingthat people should do anyway,
which is just, be honest,you know?
-Like, that shouldn't bea skill set. -Yeah.
But your... Yeah,but you're honest.
Like, for people who don't know,
-you should go check outthe clips. -Mm-hmm.
It's really funnyand scary at the same time.
You get threatenedby rappers regularly.
Uh, for instance, today,Beanie Sigel came to your show.
-Yeah. -And thenhe wanted to punch you
on the show for being honest.
You have the infamous"Put some respeck on it"
-from Birdman.-Birdman, yeah.
Birdman, who came to the show,and he, too, wanted to end you.
How sustainable is this?
-(laughter) -I mean, I've beendoing radio for, like, 18 years,
and you know what's funny?
I don't give it as much thoughtas I should,
'cause I just feel likethere's other things
in the world to be moreconcerned about, like ISIS.
You want rappersto deal with ISIS?
-(laughter)-No! I just don't really...
I'm just not...
-Like, I don't concern myself...-Yeah.
...with what rappersare thinking
about doing to meon a daily basis.
But you know what's excitingfor me is,
you've got a show that peoplewouldn't typically think...
-Mm-hmm. -...would havethe reach that it does, because
-you have presidential...-Why? 'Cause we're black?!
-Yeah, because you're black,and you're hip-hop. -Okay.
You're black and you're hip-hopspecifically. You had...
Well, hip-hopis pop culture now.
Yeah, but you had HillaryClinton coming to your show.
-Yeah. -And then, when she cameon the show, you were like...
You said to her face...You were like,
"Yo, I thinkyou pander to black people."
Well, let's put thatin context, Trev, okay?
My co-host, Angela Yee,
asked her what she carriesin her bag.
-Yeah.-And she said, "Hot sauce."
So I said, "You know this isgonna be one of those times
where people say you'repandering to black people."
Well, you were the onewho was saying it,
but I know what you mean. Yeah.
-Yeah. And she said,"It's working." -(laughter)
-She asked me, is it working?-But she pulled the hot sauce
-out of her bag.-No, she didn't.
Oh, she didn't have itin her bag?
She's been having hot saucein her bag for a long time.
-I saw the research on that.-Yeah, I saw an old interview
she said where Tabasco helpsher immune system
-or something like that.Yeah, yeah, yeah. -Yeah. Yeah.
So you called her out on that.You called people out.
Donald Trump, uh,has never been on your show.
I don't think he ever will.
You have him as the Donkeyof the Day on your show
-almost every day. -I doa segment every day on my show
called Donkey of the Daywhere I give somebody
the credit they deservefor being stupid.
received the mostDonkey of the Days ever.
you know what I like to imagine?
I like to imagine Donald Trumpsitting in the back of his car
listening to your show,rapping along to something,
-and then, like,it comes out of the song, -Yeah.
and then you're like,"Donkey of the Day Trump,"
-and he's like, "Again?!-Yeah, yeah.
"Again? Come on, Charlamagne,give me a break, Charles.
-Come on!" -Yeah. Yeah.I was watching the debates
the other night,and I was like, you know what,
I'm not mature enoughto ever moderate a debate,
'cause everythingwould have been about pussy.
-Every other question.-You would've kept it there?
Every other question.Did you grab the pussy?
How many pussieshave you grabbed?
When's a good timeto grab pussy, Donald Trump?
I feel like they let him off.
-Like, you would just keep goinglike that? -Yeah, yeah.
Like, the first two,like, the first one was really
about the pussy, the second onewas slightly about it,
and then they just let him off.The whole debate,
he should have been apologizingfor grabbing pussy.
-I agree with that.-Yeah.
-Charlamagnefor the next debate. -Yeah.
-(cheering) -Charlamagne.Let me ask you a question.
-Okay. -So, if Donald Trumpcame to your show,
he was sitting across from you,like many of the rappers do,
what would you ask him?
What is the one thing youwould want to ask Donald Trump
-to his face? -Have you grabbeda pussy this morning?
-(laughter) -That would be my...that would be
my number one question.Listen, there's nothing else
to talkto Donald Trump about, okay?
I feel like, first of all,he knows nothing about politics,
so why are you ever discussing,you know, politics with him?
-Like, so the only thing...-(applause)
Only thing to talkabout Donald Trump with,
at this point is pussy.
And I feel sorry forHillary Clinton,
because it's like, whetheryou love her or hate her,
she's clearlymore than qualified
to be President ofthe United States of America.
-She has...-(applause, cheering)
She has the most experience,
but she's trying to proveto America
that she can run the coun--
run the country better thana reality show star can.
It's literally like LeBron Jamestrying to prove himself
playing basketballagainst Peter Griffin.
Like, it's-it's ridiculous.
I, uh, y-you know, um,you-you have a great campaign
-running on the showthat you're a part of. -Yeah.
And that is, uh,Respect My Vote.
Respect My Vote, yes.
Respect My Vote.
Yeah. Go to respectmyvote.com,register to vote if you haven't.
What does Respect My Vote mean?
It just means that, you know,uh...
I think, I think, personallyit's respect your right to vote
'cause I think, you know,right now
we're looking atthis (bleep) joke
we're calling aPresidential election,
and everybody's, like,
"Oh, I'm not votingfor either one of them."
But if you don't havea better solution than that,
I think you should get outin November and vote.
Well, wh-wh-wh... I-I hear youand I agree with you.
But, uh, someone says to you,they go, "Charlamagne,
"I hear what you're saying.I love your show.
"I love everything you say,
"but I don't feel like either ofthese candidates speak to me.
-"I'm a young person;I'm a black person, -Yeah.
This is not a world I want to beinvolved in. Why should I vote?"
I'm gonna say what othersolutions do you have?
If you don't haveany other solutions,
you need to go out thereand vote.
But I do agreewith a Jay Z line.
Jay Z has a line where he says,
"Government, F government,we politic ourselves."
So even if you do vote,
you still have toempower yourself
-in some way, shape or form.-Yes.
I feel like you can't look foreither presidential candidate
to "save you."
You know, but you putthe best person in office
that you think is-is goodfor the job,
but then you have to do thingsfor yourself
to put yourself in positionsin life to win.
You're a pleasure to haveon the show, my friend.
Thank you for having me, man.
-Thank you so muchfor being here. -Yes, sir.
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Charlamagne Tha God, everybody!