Charlamagne Tha God, host of The Breakfast Club, recently offered a compelling perspective to fellow rappers, emphasizing the importance of reevaluating the company they keep.
During an insightful discussion with TMZ at the United Justice Coalition Summit on December 1, he underscored the potential pitfalls associated with entourages and urged artists to reconsider their associations.
At the summit, Charlamagne expressed his belief that it’s time for rappers to move away from the traditional entourage setup and instead opt for hiring qualified individuals like bodyguards and managers.
His argument centered around the notion that having a large group of people around, especially those without clear roles or purposes, can lead to unnecessary complications and legal troubles.
“The concept of entourages is outdated, particularly if you surround yourself with individuals who don’t contribute meaningfully,” he advised. Charlamagne emphasized the importance of building a team comprised of professionals who serve specific roles, as opposed to relying on friends from one’s neighborhood without proper qualifications.
In emphasizing the potential risks of unstructured entourages, Charlamagne highlighted the need for genuine security measures. Drawing from his own experience, he shared, “The way I move, I have real security with me. You know? I have former police officers that are security, and they know how to handle situations. Security’s job isn’t to beat people up. Security’s job is to diffuse things…. I tell folks that all the time: make sure your infrastructure is right. Make sure everybody actually has a role. Make sure everybody actually has a position that they’re playing.”
He continued to stress the importance of a well-organized infrastructure, advising artists to ensure that everyone in their team has a defined role and purpose. By doing so, he believes that artists can mitigate risks and foster a more professional and secure environment.