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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: Power 105.1 The Breakfast Club's Angela Yee, DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God attend 2 Chainz's concert at S.O.B.'s on January 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

Vixen Exclusive: The Breakfast Club on Diddy, Revolt and Their Winning Formula

Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club continue to reach new heights beyond radio. Angela Yee, Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy are taking their winning formula to Diddy's Revolt TV, where their weekly gig will be seen and heard by listeners across the country.

We recently caught up with the trio to talk about letting cameras inside their job, Charlamagne's blunt advice, Angela's female presence and whether they'll ever leave radio.

Read more on the next page and tune into Revolt TV at 6am everyday to watch The Breakfast Club.

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VIBE Vixen: How did the partnership with Revolt come about?
DJ Envy: I think somebody from Diddy’s side heard the show, was a fan of the show and with Diddy’s launch for Revolt, thought it would be perfect for TV. That person was actually Show N Prez... and then from there they wanted to do it and from there Diddy spoke to the important people at Clear Channel and became a partnership.
Angela Yee: And be clear, Diddy also listens to the show because every time we say something he hears and gets mad, he definitely calls in.
How does it feel to be a part of the network?
Angela: I think it’s exciting because it’s a brand new network, so we’re going to see where it’s headed towards. I think for a lot of people, when you’re starting something new, everyone is so excited about it. It’s just a lot of opportunity for us. We like to be apart of something that’s about to grow into something huge.
DJ Envy: Diddy always calls in and checks in. He’s a fan of the show. He was trying to figure out why artists come up there and open up so much. When you come up there, you feel so comfortable, you like to open up and talk about things you wouldn’t usually talk about, whether it’s Jay Z or Nas or Fat Joe or Diddy himself--they just feel comfortable.
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Has he ever tried to change or alter anything you do?
Angela: Let me tell you something. The first time Diddy came on the show, him and Charlamagne got into it.
Charlamagne: Because I talked about how garbage Last Train to Paris was. I mean it’s still garbage. It only had three good songs on it.
Angela: Three good songs nowadays is not a garbage album.
Charlamagne: That’s what he was trying to tell me but no--that’s not something I agree with.
Angela: But yeah so, Diddy actually ended up coming on the show and co-hosting with us for the morning and by the end of the show Charlamagne was holding Ciroc and dancing to Last Train to Paris.
Charlamagne: It was a joke. I was being sarcastic. I did a parody of it based off everybody’s perception, ok? Last train to Paris was garbage. Dirty Money was garbage.
Will we see conflict between the three of you on TV?
Angela: While filming--not on tv.
DJ Envy: Not yet, it’s still early.
Charlamagne: We don’t really have conflict though. We’ve been doing this for four years. We aint never really have no conflict . . like what is conflict?
Angela--how is it being the only female in the group?
DJ Envy: She’s not a female.

Charlamagne: She’s not the only female-- there’s two females. (Points at DJ Envy)
Angela: I’ll say this--out the three of us, I am the least sensitive. They say I’m not a female at all, but I’ve always been around a lot of guys. I’ve worked for Wu-Tang. I worked at Shade 45 and was the only female there, so I’m kind of used to it.
Who's closest with who out of your group?
DJ Envy: I think we’re all pretty close.  I don’t think there’s one person that’s tighter with the other.
Angela: It depends what it is they’re going to talk about.  If they’re going to talk about sports, they’ll call each other about certain things or they’ll call me about certain things. It just depends on what it is.
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Will the Revolt show delve into your personal lives?
Charlamagne:  Just radio, but I mean we get into eachother's personal lives on radio.
Angela: You’re watching radio on TV.
Charlamagne, people either love or hate you for your blunt personality. What are your thoughts on that?
Charlamagne:  'Cause I am not disrespectful. I got fired four times from radio for “being disrespectful." I had my program director tell me that I have too much of an opinion and you’re not supposed to have an opinion on radio. I never could subscribe to that bullsh*t because what’s the point of being on radio and you are just announcing the time and the temperature? Like why can’t I talk the way we talk in the hood? Or in the how I talk in the barbershop? Or how ladies talk in the beauty salon? So I just stay true to who I am and let the chips fall where they may.
Did you predict your massive success?
Charlamagne: Yes, all my thoughts have become things. Everything that you see in my life right now I’ve thought about or written down or put on vision boards--everything.
What's next for all of you?
Angela: I think we’re just going to continue to expand in syndication.

Charlamagne: We’re just getting started and that’s the scary part.
Angela: And Im sure with Revolt, this is going to open up new doors for us as well, so really we’re still working on our branding.

Will you ever leave radio?
Charlamagne: I always want to be on radio.
Angela: The good thing about radio is that it’s the kind of career that really is a career with longevity. It’s something you can do as long as you want to do. Even if you have to go and move into a different format or whatever, but as long as you stay on the post of what's happening and you’re relatable to people, you can do radio until you retire.
What is your advice for people trying to break into radio?
DJ Envy: Well, Charlamagne started off as an intern. I started off doing a mix at like 4 am on a Sunday morning. I mean just know that they are going to give you sh*t and you just need to grind through that sh*t.
Charlamagne: Yeah just shut up and work.
Angela: I think the main thing is get your foot in the door and once you get your foot in the door, don’t let up. You have to do everything. Be humble, don’t have too much pride and think you’re too good for anything. You have to learn how to use a board.  Just get your foot in the door however it is that you have to get in and if you have an opportunity to get on the air, take that opportunity even if it’s not paid. Money is not going to be the main thing when you first get started. Just understand if you love it and really want to do it,  you are probably not going to get paid for it at first.
Charlamagne: When I moved to New York initially, I worked for Wendy Williams for a year and a half without getting paid, but I recognized the opportunity. You have to take those risks sometimes and gamble on yourself. These millenials don’t understand that.

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