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|Growing up “Lenard McKelvey” in the small town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, “Charlamagne Tha God” was once just another kid dreaming of a better life, yet inevitably falling prey to the dangerously glamorized street life. By the time he was 18, the precocious teen, who was no stranger to a few good books by way of his mother, a school teacher, slowed down his rebellious ways and stumbled upon his love for radio during an internship in his town. In just a few years, Charlamagne would be recognized as one of the best voices in South Carolina by the late 90s.While on the air in Columbia, S.C., Charlamagne drew attention to the local show he hosted on Hot103.9 (WHXT-FM) by distributing his controversial interviews and skits online. His irreverent, “shock jock” interview style, inspired by the likes of everyone from Larry King to Bill O’Reilly to Arsenio Hall, got the attention of then radio personality Wendy Williams, who would quickly take Charlamagne under her wing as an apprentice.Williams would rebroadcast Charlamagne’s interviews on her popular, syndicated radio show, The Wendy Williams Experience. He later joined the program as co-host. Working alongside Williams not only introduced Charlamagne to a new audience, but it also helped strengthen the voice that has defined his career – a voice he now uses to reach audiences in all mediums – from syndicated radio, to television, to print, to digital and new-media.Presently, Charlamagne is the host and star of MTV2’s popular late-night talk show Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne, which evolved from 2014’s Charlamagne and Friends. He is also a part of the lead cast in MTV2’s Guy Code and Guy Court, a spin-off of the former.In addition, Charlamagne currently hosts a widely-acclaimed podcast entitled Brilliant Idiots, alongside MTV’s Andrew Schultz, where the duo discusses their reaction to both world and pop culture news. Currently, Brilliant Idiots is streamed and downloaded on iTunes and SoundCloud by hundreds of thousands of listeners and fans per episode. The success the show has garnered has opened doors for a “Brilliant” tour, in which Charlamagne and Shultz can be found in different cities around the world, on stage, for a live taping.As for Charlamagne’s first love, radio, the personality currently stars in the hugely popular morning radio show, The Breakfast Club, which is syndicated by Premiere Networks on nearly 80 stations across the nation. Charlamagne hosts The Breakfast Club, a.k.a. “The World’s Most Dangerous Morning Show,” out of Power 105 in New York City alongside DJ Envy and Angela Yee, and it is widely regarded as the most informative and entertaining top-rated urban morning show today, dominating both the airwaves and Revolt TV, a music cable network from Sean Combs which simulcasts the program.
Each morning between the hours of 6 and 10 a.m., fans of The Breakfast Club tune in to hear the trio’s unrivaled interviews and conversations with celebrities and hip-hop artists, entertainment news, fresh music mixes, along with their signature blend of honesty and humor. It can also be streamed via iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app. Fans also have access to Weekends with the Breakfast Club, which features the 20 hottest songs on the charts alongside DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne’s signature interviews with megastars and hip-hop icons. The program currently airs on nearly 110 stations nationwide. For their work on the programs, The Breakfast Club was profiled by Buzzfeed and industry publication Radio Ink in 2017, and Charlamagne was dubbed “The God of Radio” by New York Times Magazine.
When he’s not in the radio or television studio, Charlamagne – the “Prince of Pissing People Off,” the “Ruler of Rubbing You The Wrong Way,” and the “Architect of Aggravation,” – is still himself, minus the mic. However, this is not to be confused with an inability to remain a humble and hardworking man both in and out of the industry.
In April 2017, “hip-hop’s Howard Stern” (Rolling Stone) shared his unlikely success story, as well as how embracing one’s truths is a fundamental key to success and happiness, in his first book: “Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It.” Published by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Shuster Inc., Black Privilege features Charlamagne’s comic, often controversial, and always brutally honest insights on how living an authentic life is the quickest path to success. Charlamagne was invited to appear on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, CNN, The View, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and other programs to discuss the book, which became a New York Times Best-Seller in its first week.
Now a family man, Charlamagne may be widely and worldly acclaimed these days, but he’s still a southern and hospitable charmer from a small town in South Carolina. And so long as he is breathing, he will never forget where is from, and that he beat the odds to become:
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Angela Yee was born and raised in Brooklyn, where she spent the majority of her free time writing short, fictional stories and reading every novel she could get her hands on. When Angela graduated from Poly Prep in Brooklyn, she headed to Wesleyan University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
After college, she utilized the relationships she secured through various internships at MTV, TVT Records and Wu-Tang Management to obtain employment as the assistant to the CEO of Wu-Tang Corporation. Angela gained valuable experience dealing with multiple music labels, artists, lawyers, accountants, and organizing special events.
Angela realized she had a knack for marketing, and spent the next five years working with internet startups, Nile Rodgers’ record distribution label, clothing brands, and launching Eminem’s clothing line Shady Limited. Yee decided her ideal position would be merging her love of marketing with her love of music, and that was when her industry relationships and stellar work reputation placed her in a position to get hired at Sirius Satellite Radio. While looking for job opportunities online, she saw the company was hiring in their marketing department and immediately called Paul Rosenberg, the head of Shady Records. She knew they were launching Shade 45 at Sirius and he would be able to at least get her an interview.
When Angela spoke to Paul, he asked if she would be interested in an on-air position available on the morning show. Of course, she jumped at the opportunity, and even though it was only an audition, she ended up with a permanent position on the morning show after establishing her niche in a memorable interview with Jay-Z.
Never the type of person to wait for an opportunity, she soon pitched her own weekly nighttime show called “Lip Service,” which became an instant success. The show was the only female-hosted program on Shade 45 and allowed guests to engage in intimate conversations that were a refreshing contrast from the typical interviews with a promotional agenda. Soon enough, Angela took over the morning show as the main host and created “The Morning After with Angela Yee.”
Angela continued to grind tirelessly at Shade 45, providing a platform for unsigned artists with her segment “Don’t Quit Your Day Job,” where artists like Drake, Machine Gun Kelly, and Big Krit were showcased before signing to major labels. She conducted standout interviews with Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Chris Rock, Birdman, 50 Cent, TI, and Wiz Khalifa, among many others. Her talent and work ethic did not go unnoticed – she was the only Sirius XM personality mentioned in the Power 30 issue of “The Source” magazine in 2009. Several radio stations in different markets began contacting Angela and she soon decided to take a risk and leave her home of six years at Shade 45 for the station that was the underdog in radio’s number one market: New York City’s Power 105.1.
The Breakfast Club was formed in December 2010 with DJ Envy, Angela, and Charlamagne Tha God. The three personalities each brought something different to the table: DJ Envy was well-known for his music knowledge and club popularity, Angela was known for her inquisitive interviews that probed deeper than the public’s knowledge and her quick wit, and Charlamagne was known for his harsh, yet honest critique of the culture. After only two years, The Breakfast Club was launched into national syndication with Premiere Networks. For the past three years, the show has been the number one radio program in “The Source” Power 30 issue, and in 2014 the New York State Broadcasters Association honored the show with the “Outstanding On-Air Broadcast Personality or Team” award. Currently, the show is syndicated in nearly 80 markets weekday mornings and nearly 110 markets on the weekend, where listeners can hear Angela Yee’s “Rumor Report,” her advice segment “Ask Yee,” and current events with “Front Page News.”
True to her personality, Angela has also continued to expand her brand with her popular podcast “Angela Yee’s Lip Service” and freelance writing with Vibe Magazine, YRB Magazine, and her own website www.teamyee.tv. In 2017, she and DJ Envy opened a “Juices For Life” juice bar in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of New York City with the goal of spreading healthy, affordable eating in their community. The entrepreneur has received a WEEN Mission Award, the “Shirley Chisholm Woman of Distinction” Award, and donates her time and efforts to speaking at schools and on educational panels, working with Coats for Kids, Dress for Success, Makeover Your MS, Children Making Strides Against Pediatric Cancer, The Bowery Mission, and various other charitable organizations.
A native of Queens, New York, Raashaun Casey, “DJ Envy,” prides himself on bringing style, innovation and luxury to his beats. At the age of 17, he took his passion for music and started out on the road to becoming Mixtape Legend and President/CEO of Blok Entertainment. Since then, he has made tracks in every part of the industry, appearing as a DJ, producer, TV/Radio personality, actor and model.
In the early 2000’s, DJ Envy started premiering exclusive freestyles by Hip Hop names such as Jay-Z, 50 Cent and the L.O.X. He hosted several shows on Hot 97.1 including Takin’ it to the Streets and The People’s Choice Hit List. Sony quickly signed him and his affiliate label, Desert Storm Records. In early 2003, DJ Envy released his commercial debut, The Desert Storm Mixtape: – Blok Party, Vol. 1. Since then, he has worked with Hip-Hop/R&B legends like Jay-Z, Fabolous, Janet Jackson, Nelly, Cam’ron and DMX.
The young DJ has been recognized for his hard work. He’s a three time “Justo Mixtape Award” winner and he won the award for “Most Influential Radio DJ” at the Underground Music Awards in 2008.
DJ Envy hosted his own midday show on Power 105.1 in New York before joining Charlamagne Tha God and Angela Yee as co-hosts of The Breakfast Club. After only two years on Power 105, the show was dubbed the number one radio program in the nation by “The Source” Magazine and is widely regarded as the most informative and entertaining urban morning show today.
Each morning, fans of The Breakfast Club tune in to hear their unrivaled interviews and conversations with celebrities and hip-hop artists, entertainment news, fresh music mixes, along with their signature blend of honesty and humor. One of the top-rated Urban morning radio programs in New York, The Breakfast Club was launched into national syndication by Premiere Networks in August of 2013 and currently airs on nearly 80 stations nationwide, in addition to broadcasting on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one streaming music and live radio service, and Revolt TV.
Premiere also syndicates Weekends with the Breakfast Club, which features the 20 hottest songs on the charts alongside DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God’s signature interviews with megastars like Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj and hip-hop icons such as Rick Ross, Waka Flocka and Gucci Mane. The program currently airs on nearly 110 stations nationwide.
DJ Envy also hosts a weekly show on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Hip Hop Nation channel where he spins the most requested songs in the nation and interviews some of the most popular celebrities on air, and he hosts a popular podcast with his wife Gia called The Casey Crew. The busy DJ formerly hosted MTV2’s Sucker Free and Week in Jams, and co-produced The Heart of the City showcase to discover hot new talent.
DJ has participated in events for companies like Boost Mobile, Metro PCS, Scion, Carol’s Daughter, Sean John, Reebok, Foot Locker, Azzure, Varcity Clothing, Baby Phat, Sprite and Phat Farm. He has been featured in XXL, King Magazine, the Source, Vibe, Rides, Dub, Plush, Complex and Foundation Magazine. In 2017, he and Angela Yee opened a “Juices For Life” juice bar in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of New York City with the goal of spreading healthy, affordable eating in their community. Envy is slated to release a new album, Just A Kid From Queens via Commission Music next year. The first single, “Text Ur Number,” features Fetty Wap and DJ Sliink, and additional features will include A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Fabolous and more.
If he’s not on your radio, coming through your satellite station, or on your television, multi-talented DJ Envy is behind the turn tables in premiere night clubs throughout NYC, the nation and even the world. His aspirations are unending. His drive is unshakable. He is anything but your average DJ; he is the producer, the mix tape legend, the trendsetter and more.