Charlamagne Tha God on Fighting His Fears and Past Mistakes through Therapy
The HBCU 468 podcast has over the years provided listeners with the best interviews and insights about life. Charlamagne Tha God graced the show to discuss his second book, Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me. He was hosted by Bill Rhoden who was eager to share the insights from the book with his listeners. As per the conversation between Bill and Charlamagne, the book highlights a vulnerable side of the writer. Charlamagne discusses his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. He also expounds more as to why he opted to go for therapy despite his personality and confrontational rhetoric depicted in The Breakfast Club show that he hosts together with DJ Envy and Angela Yee.
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Charlamagne Tha God said that the book’s title is a tribute to the Mobb Deep’s song “Shook Ones.” he went on and expounded on how the song influenced his decision to pick it has his book title. Charlamagne Tha God made it clear that the song touches on the character of being shaken, or soft. On his side, he is just a shuddered person as a lot of things he did he thought he was fearless but deep down he realized that most of these things he did he was just afraid. He said the fears he had were from events that have transpired in his life like being involved in fights, racially abused and being attacked. The other part of the book title, Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me, is a shoutout to the song “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” by the Geto Boys.
One extract from the book that Bill Rhoden and Charlamagne discussed is a chapter named “Blackanoid.” Charlamagne Tha God expounded on the title of the chapter and said is a term he came up with to mean being Black American and paranoid. He went on to attest that there is a lot of anxiety that comes with such as a state. Charlamagne said that at 39 years, he did not have any limitations but to opt for therapy and it helped him reconcile with his past and fears. Through the therapy, he got the courage to try and grow from his past blunders. Charlamagne went on and talked about the #MeToo movement that emphasis on good relationships between men and women. He concluded the talk by saying that Americans need to care about each other whether black or white and regardless of one’s ethnic background.