Speaking with HipHopDX on the red carpet of the MTV Video Music Awards last night (August 24), Charlamagne Tha God explained why he released audio of boxer Floyd Mayweather struggling to read drops for a radio spot. The release of the audio came days into a back-and-forth feud between 50 Cent and the boxer in which the rapper accused Mayweather of not being able to read.

“I’m a journalist right? I feel like, I wanted to know what 50 was talking about ‘cause I didn’t know,” Charlamagne said. “So when my producer said, ‘Yo, we got audio of Floyd reading.’ I’m like, ‘Let me hear it.’ I listened to it, I’m like, ‘Let’s let the listeners hear this to see if he can read or not.’ That’s the question I asked: ‘Ya’ll think he can read?’ So I just felt like it was something that the listeners deserve to hear. I like to give people context to the content that’s constantly out there.

“In hindsight I feel a little bad, only because he was recording drops for us,” the Power 105.1 personality added. “I guess that was supposed to be a private thing but you can’t unring a bell. My job is to benefit the listeners first and foremost, entertain the listeners first and foremost, and to get ratings. You can’t get ratings without listeners. So I wanna do things that the listeners enjoy even though you may hate me for it or you may love me for that.”

Late last week, 50 Cent offered Mayweather what he called an “ALS/ESL challenge.” “I will donate $750k to a charity of your choice,” 50 Cent wrote in the Instagram post, “if you can read a full page out of a Harry Potter book out loud without starting and stopping or fucking up. lmao.” The G-Unit co-founder continued berating Mayweather via memes on Instagram throughout the weekend and into today.

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