Chanel West Coast opened up exclusively to Life & Style about her feud with Charlamagne tha God and revealed why she decided to forget about their fight.
“I actually think Charlamagne’s a really funny person and a lot of the things he says crack me up. I don’t agree with a lot of the things he says,” the 28-year-old hip-hop starlet said. “I think he’s a little overly critical of other musicians, but not on himself. Other than that, I think he’s a pretty funny dude and it’s all love at the end of the day.”
Though she’s forgiven him, Chanel told Life & Style that it was important for her to stand up for herself when CTG questioned her talent during a particularly heated episode of Ridiculousness, which aired last month on MTV.
As viewers witnessed, the pair got into an explosive argument after Charlamagne called Chanel a “wack rapper” and told the show’s audience that it was “good” if they’ve never heard her music. The “Countin” songstress wasted no time clapping back at Charlamagne and reminded him that she is a BET Award winner, was signed to Lil Wayne’s record label, Young Money Entertainment, in 2012, and has collaborated with the likes of Snoop Dogg and French Montana.
While she was disappointed by Charlamagne’s comments, Chanel wasn’t at all surprised.
“He’s kind of rude all the time. I think that’s what he’s known for. So I felt like I needed to stand up for myself. A lot of people I don’t think get the chance to do that with him,” the blonde beauty told Life & Style. “He does a lot of s–t-talking on his radio show and online, and I think a lot of people — if they had the chance — would have done the same thing as me. But yeah, I felt like I needed to stand my ground.”
Aside from the criticism she’s received from Charlamagne and other male peers, Chanel — who recently joined the cast of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood — believes women have a harder time in the music industry because of the catty behavior they display toward one another.
“I think that women are more competitive with other women. And women tend to be more competitive in the hip-hop game than guys. With guy rappers, a lot of them love to collaborate with one another. There’s like five of them on one track together and they all kind of support each other, whereas women, it’s a little bit more like a competition to be No. 1,” the TV personality — whose dream collaborators include Keyshia Cole and Remy Ma — explained. “And I’m not like that at all.”
Chanel added, “I love working with other women and I think that women should come together and stand together as one. I think that maybe if more women collaborated, it would make it a lot easier for us and we might be able to be more of a force together.”