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Charlamagne Tha God - the self-proclaimed "Prince of Pissing People Off", cohost of Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, and "hip-hop's Howard Stern" - shares his unlikely success story as well as how embracing one's truths is a fundamental key to success and happiness.

In his new book, Charlamagne Tha God presents his comic, often controversial, and always brutally honest insights on how living an authentic life is the quickest path to success. Beginning with his journey from the small town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, to his headline grabbing interviews with celebrities like Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and Hillary Clinton, he shares how he turned his troubled early life around by owning his (many) mistakes and refusing to give up on his dreams, even after his controversial opinions got him fired from several on-air jobs. Combining his own story with bold advice and his signature commitment to honesty at all costs, Charlamagne hopes this book will give others the confidence to live their own truths.

©2017 Charlamagne Tha God (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Surprisingly Awesome

I was skeptical about reading this book just because I only really know Charlemagne other than radio personality. The title brought me in and the curiosity of what he has to say. Man the storytelling kept me. The content kept me. It wasn't just some simple 10 step book of being successful it was very thoughtful. I'll have to read this book again to entirely get the gems dropped in this one. Great read.

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Wonderfully Bold, Brazen and Brash!

Listened to the entire book in a day. Charlamagne delivers his story with such a deliberateness and honesty, you can't hate the man for bearing his soul. You hear the stories of the things he's done and you hear them out as if you don't know things worked out in the end. His eight principles are those you can share with your kids...maybe not in the same language, but in theory. A great listen. I highly recommend it for someone who is just beginning their journey or someone who feel as if they have lost their way. Access your privilege!

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Amazing, Inspirational, Needlessly Crude at Times

First, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Charlamagne's message and thoroughly respect his mindset, hustle, and work ethic. Unfortunately, the importance of hard work, planning, and starting from rock bottom is desperately misunderstood and devalued among our youths. This book shows them how supreme sacrifice and struggle can have a pay-off over time.

I would very much like to share this book with my 15 year old nephew, but am wondering if I need to wait until he's a little older. What I didn't like about the book was (in my opinion) the unnecessary use of vulgarity and some crucial points I believed he overlooked. I know Charlamagne's response to me would be that he's just keeping it real. And, that's the clean version of what he might say.

There are parts of this book that send the wrong message to young men. I feel that sharing intimate details of he and his wife's sex life added absolutely no value to the book and showed a serious lack of respect for her and their marriage. Just as in a lot of Hip Hop, it promotes misogyny, which is the primary culprit in the destruction our families. Young men need to understand that some things should remain sacred between a husband and wife, and should not be shared with anyone. Also, while thug life is all too much a reality among our youths, Charlamagne's portrayal of misbehaving in school, selling drugs and going to jail as no big deal is dangerous and irresponsible rhetoric. Too many black youths view selling drugs, gang banging, and going to prison as simply a right of passage through which they will/must travel.

Charlamagne reveals little to no remorse and relatively minor consequences for his actions. He simply portrays them as a means to an end. Maybe he's not sorry about the role he played in poisoning people or destroying a community. But, if he was going to be so explicit about other things in the book, he should have also addressed the pain and heartache that goes along with living that kind of life, as well as the predictable results that come from squandering an education. At the very least, he should have discussed the heartache he certainly caused his mother. That is, if he even realizes it.

Finally, too many of our so-called roll models glamorize selling drugs and/or theft as acceptable stepping-stones for financing their legitimate dreams (Jay-Z, P-Diddy, etc.), when education MUST be emphasized as THE means for escaping poverty LEGALLY. Black men must understand that caring for their families, respecting the mother of their children, and empowerment through education is the only way to end the generational cycle of poverty that runs rampant through our communities. Charlamagne missed some very important teaching/motivational opportunities by ignoring these simple facts.

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Atop the Mount Rushmore of books!

It has been a long time since I picked up an book and could not put it down. Black Privelage is one of those books that you will not and cannot put down. It is filled with so man nuggets and gems of wisdom that everyone should deposit into their life. I've been a huge Charlamagne fan for a long time and salute my fellow Carolinian brother for his contributions to our culture our community and to the world as a whole. I stand behind this work because it it exactly what every young person needs to hear as they journey towards success. So before you purchase anything else forget that new Michael Koors bag or those new Beats headphones invest in your life in your dreams and your purpose and get this book and let Uncle Charla speak truth into your life.

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Don't Judge a Book by It's Cover

I'm going to be honest. When I read the title of this book, I thought, "I'm not interested in race or any implications behind it right now." I was looking for a book that was going to teach me how to live life. Not another book about how a black person overcame oppression. Just wasn't looking for that the time. But I listened to it anyways after listening to the preview, and it was the best book I have read. It was more about life than anything else. Charlamagne also filled the book with more inappropriate punchlines than Will Ferrel in the Step Brothers. This was just incredible. I'm going to listen to it again.

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Great book

first audible in fact my first book I've ever finished. this book make you feel motavtated and inspired to never stop chasing your dream even if have to take steps the pays next to none.

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Very insightful!!

I enjoyed the book. It was so good that I even took notes. The little stories provided to drive a theme home were great. I learned so much about Charlemagne that I didn't know before. I admit I am a little biased due to being a fan of his work on the Breakfast Club and Brilliant Idiots but as a fan I can say he practices what he preaches in this book. I connected a lot with certain things like the toy he believed was alive. I had a similar experience with that as well. The only negative thing I would say would be sometimes if felt like we got off track when telling the stories with the name dropping and different asides. It was cool via audiobook because it felt more like a convo but not sure how it would be in actual print!! Great start to your writing career!! Will keep a look out from much more!!

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Really good book.

This book should be a requirement for young black teen boys! Really inspiring book. Keep up the good work.

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Infidelity 101 with Nuggets

There is good advice in his book regarding life and hard work. However, Charlamagne seems very proud of his infidelities. His stories of sexual prowess undermines his character and achievements.

"OK, I know I'm a dirty dog and there is no excuse for infidelity... but let me tell about how I got with 2 girls that weren't my date on prom night! .... At least I'm honest"

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Great Read!

I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be a smooth read with a lot of little gems scattered through it. Charlamagne did a good job with the narration. Overall, very inspiring book and I highly recommend it as a must read!!!

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  • Arieth
  • 04-20-17

Amazing!!

Thank you so much for sharing your story. This is a book is 11/10 and I will definitely be listening to it again and again and again. I hope your book tour includes London as well.

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  • Saliah
  • 04-21-17

Amazing truth! Great philosophy to life!

Never be too pride full to learn from some else. you never know where that rope to connect YOUR dots might come from.
I feel inspired and send my thanks threw prayer! Much love! x

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-26-21

Colourist black man who capes

Colourist shame of a man who spouts nonsense. Don't waste your time. Deserves 0 stars.

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  • David
  • 05-02-17

Breakfast Club Charlamagne

Great book, if you're already familiar with Charlemagne you'd have heard some of the stories in this book previously.
However he does incorporate some "Gems" and life lessons throughout which are very practical and that I'll personally take on board.

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  • ShaneG
  • 04-27-17

If you like C Tha God, You'll love this book

Great book and well performed by the author. Was worried this book would just be lots of waffle used to make money but there are some interesting stories and great gems in here all read with passion, humour and humility by Charlamagne himself.

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  • T
  • 05-03-17

Amazing book

It hit home more than anybody would know. Well written, read and was only a true representation of him as a man and the mindset.

Thank you

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  • Alika
  • 03-11-21

Truly insightful

Amazing start to finish. They want me to write mire for this review but like the book says - QUALITY OVER QUANTITY.

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  • Errol B
  • 03-01-21

Great read.

Great read. Learnt allot about Leonard god, LOL. I will be purchasing future books from Leonard.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-13-21

No Donkey Of The Day awards for this book

A great read for those new to the entertainment scene and those who dream to enter it. Using some real ghetto experiences to put weight behind his views and opinions, Lenard Larry McKelvey aka Charlemagne The God really hits home the message that you create your own opportunity.

There is a lot to take from the book. Whilst the book doesn't offer amazing insight into something I didn't know, it is extremely entertaining nonetheless.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-26-20

Excellent, charismatic listen

Though I don't connect on the irreligious aspect (more spiritual, if anything) this was an inspiring and enthused audiobook that gave me pause for reflection and loads of laughs!

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  • K.Natziuk
  • 10-21-19

Excellent! An Uplifting and Brilliant Anthology

... of what it is and means to be black and using that attribute as a badge of honour which in turn has the power to unleash your privilege. Finished in one day. Worth a listen. Appreciated by ALL in my household unexpectedly. Funny, with a few rewindable moments worth hear a few times.

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  • Erica
  • 06-04-19

highly recommend it!

a great book! so many nuggets of gold! straight talking and raw. will listen to it repeatedly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-26-19

C THA GOD

💯💯💯 great writing, inspiring to hear the story in C tha Gods voice. keep winning

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  • Nataria
  • 04-10-19

Recommended For Young and Old.

I thought he was just a big mouth radio broadcaster that would embarrass others for entertainment on his radio show.
But after listening to his book, I inspire to be more true to my word and not ashamed to say what I need to, even if it hurts you. Not to put others down but to bring them up and help others realize their true potential.

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  • holly joyce
  • 10-03-18

made my favourite 5 list of books

loved it! just finished the audio for the 3rd time and each time a spark has ignited a different perspective. opportunities really are in every choice and thing we do and our perspective/s are the value of which we choose it to be. My take away on this read is obvious to me and is really actually a reminder that the measure of ones personal growth and development is in the character of that persons choices.
Honesty, integrity, vulnerability and the concept of being a student every day of your life, These characteristics are just some of the keys to fulfilment in my opinion and some of which charlarmagne showed in this great read.
Also the humor of this book and the fact that 'Larry' told it himself was that much more enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-28-18

Starts off really well...

I sought this book out after seeing Charlamagne on Real Time with Bill Maher. He was humorous, brave and insightful with Bill. His book starts off similarly, but he lost me two thirds in. Too much boring detail about the politics of the radio world, and too much bragging.

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  • Carla
  • 02-21-18

Great Book!

Great narrator, Charalamagne has given me that oomph to go out and get what I want in life.

This is the book you need when you're in the slumps and need to get a good kick in the ass to get going.


I appreciate charlamagne sharing his life story with me and opening up about his trials and tribulations which helped him become the man he is today.


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  • Torika
  • 09-17-17

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Great book. Every bit as interesting and expected. A great journey into the mind of Charlemagne the God.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-14-17

Israel Adesanya the last Stylebender!

Just what I needed to read at this time in my life, thanks C tha God for sharing your story! #dicktalk