Power 105.1 morning host Charlamagne Tha God was attacked in an early a.m. incident that was captured on video Tuesday and the jock tells us he believes it was motivated by the war of words between his station and Hot 97.1.
“I absolutely think it’s because of radio beef,” says Charlamagne.
For the past six weeks, Charlamagne and his co-hosts DJ Eny and Angela Yee of “The Breakfast Club” have been openly critical of their counterparts at Hot 97.
But Charlamagne, in particular, has saved his most pointed venom for Hot 97 deejay Funkmaster Flex .
The squabble stems from Flex’s public denigration of Nicki Minaj at the June 3 Summer Jam concert in New Jersey. Charlamagne, who is friends with the Queens rapper and appeared on her recent album, “Pink Friday Roman Reloaded,” offered a harsh rebuttal to Flex’s diss at the popular event, which resulted in his subsequent apology a day later.
The public rivalry between the two jocks quickly turned personal which we chronicled June 11.
But the shots continued to be lobbed from both sides.
And while Charlamagne tells us he does not know who his attackers are or who may have “ordered it,” Flex took to Twitter to distance himself from the incident.
Tweeting Wednesday from his verified account, Flex wrote “Smurf ... Stop trying to include me in your jux! You know who it was!!!”
He later added: “No one cares or gives time of day to having you touched!”
After reaching Flex for comment, he referred us to Hot 97 program director Ebro Darden .
In the video, Charlamagne is seen outside the Power 105.1 studios in Tribeca early Tuesday morning and is asked to give a “drop,” or shoutout, by an unidentified man holding a camera.
After refusing, another unidentified man approaches Charlamagne from behind and takes a swing, landing a glancing blow to the side of his face. Charlamange backs away into the street and eludes his attacker and three other accomplices before the video ends.
The veteran radio and TV host says there was a similar attempt made against him Monday morning.
“It’s not random,” he says. “I’ve been in New York six years. I’ve never had a problem.”
Before footage of the attack appears on in the video, ominous text flashes across the screen: “He Disrespectful So He Got Dropped!!!!!”
Darden told us: “When a media person is assaulted by listeners or viewers because they are not liked is a horrible thing. To make HOT 97 apart (sic) of issues you are having with the community is foul play and unprofessional.”