Charlamagne Tha God: Soundtrack to My Life
Charlamagne Tha God has been a force in Hip-Hop culture and entertainment for years.
The outspoken media personality serves as co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club, as well as starring in MTV2′s Guy Code and his latest show Uncommon Sense, not to mention his formidable following on Twitter and Instagram.
We recently had a chance to sit down with @CTHAGOD in between his busy schedule and discuss some of the songs that helped shape his life as he curated an exclusive playlist for TIDAL.
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Raekwon: “Can It Be All So Simple (Remix)”
I was a huge fan of the original record [off Wu-Tang's 36 Chambers] sonically, but as I got older I really appreciated this record because it honestly captured the simplicity that is your youth. The RMX always had a certain energy to it. It almost sounded frantic, like that point in you’re life where you are growing and realizing how real the world is, but you’re thinking about how simple life used to be. Not to mention Ghost spits a few of my favorite bars ever when he says, “Baggy jeans, Wallabe Clarks, pretty women / I put it in ‘em, shot up in ‘em, deadly venom.”
JAY Z: “Streets is Watching”
This the record that made me a Hov fan. I was a Wu-Tang head (still am), so as soon as I saw Hov in a suit in the “Can’t Knock the Hustle” video I tuned him out. I wasn’t with that player/Big Willy shit. My homeboy Boobie – Salute to Hwy 6 in Moncks Corner all the hustlers know – he was trying to put me on to Reasonable Doubt, but I just wouldn’t listen. Then one day I hear this ill baseline coming from this Cutlass that had four 12′s in the trunk and these ill ass lines, “It’s hard not to kill niggas, it’s like a full time job not to kill niggas.” Man, I was addicted after that…
T.I.: “Dope Boyz”
See, when you grew up selling twenties of rock down south, and you ever sold $700 worth of crack in a prescription pill container, then you know exactly why I love this record. Felt like T.I. was talking about us and, I mean, he was. [laughs] T.I. don’t get enough credit for being a lyricist, but it’s a lot of truth to claim Pharell made on the Down with the Kings mixtape years ago when he said T.I. is the down south JAY Z.
OutKast: “Get Up, Git Out”
“Get Up, Git Out” is the record that connected the dots between what my pops was telling me and the reality of the situation he was telling me about. See, my pops would always tell me that I was going to be a bum if I didn’t learn to work. He would make me cut grass, take me with him to do construction work, he would never let me lay on my ass. I had one of those pops – if I was sitting around doing nothing, and I heard him pull up in the yard, I would jump up and fake like I was doing something. I probably get my worth ethic and hustle from him, but Outkast, along with Goodie Mob, reinforced to me the same message my pops had been saying. They just did it over a dope ass beat with some ill bars. Maybe my pops should have learned to rap – he would of gotten through to me a lot quicker.
Goodie Mobb: “Live at the O.M.N.I”
Goodie Mobb’s Soul Food is one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. This record, “One Million Niggaz Inside,” is one of the most empowering records ever. Really embodies how it feels to be black in America. Every day we’re faced with challenges that we have to rise above. The black man in America has to face every obstacle imaginable and they are always trying to bring us down, but like the song says, they can’t break us. Not to mention CeeLo Green spits one of the illest verses in hip-hop history. Just trust me on this one, OK?
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