When you see Nick Cannons name on the marquee, the venue would do well to list the titles that come along with him. Comedian. Rapper. Songwriter. Producer. Movie Star. Theres no bridge that he hasnt crossed, and at the tender age of 23, hes only hit the beginning stages of a bright and prosperous career. Nick is most determined to become a household name sooner rather than later.
His latest movie, Love Dont Cost A Thing, and his debut self-titled album were released within days of one another with a massive buzz being created around it all in the process. The San Diego, CA native is on his way to becoming entertainments next big thing, or is he that already? Nick gave the answer to that question to Allhiphop.com Alternatives, along with speculation around his personal life and what hes doing to become incomparable amongst Hollywoods elite.
Allhiphop.com Alternatives: Talk about the new movie you just did and everything that is going on surrounding that.
Nick Cannon: The movie is called Love Dont Cost A Thing. Christina Milian plays my love interest, which is a real good look. Steve Harvey plays my dad, Vanessa Bell Calloway plays my mom, and Kenan Thompson plays my best friend. Hes one of my best friends in real life, too. There was a lot of family going on around the set. It felt like we was chilling and doing a movie in between. Its a cool comedy, man. Its definitely a coming of age story. Everybody can kind of relate to the possibility of peer pressure and the popularity contest that went on in high school.
AHHA: What day exactly does the movie hit theatres nationwide?
Nick Cannon: Friday, December 12th it goes nationwide, so everybody got to go!
AHHA: This is a big week for you, so get into the album that just dropped, too.
Nick Cannon: The album is self-titled really. Its a reflection of myself. Ive been working on it for so long. I had my first demo when I was eight years old, doing the Bom Squad thing in San Diego and all that stuff. Im putting all that work into it, and luckily, I had the pleasure to work with all these amazing artists that helped me out on my album, from P-Diddy, R. Kelly, B2K, Mary J. Blige, Ying-Yang Twins, Just Blaze, Biz Markie, Joe, Nivea its crazy man! I produced ¼ of it; a few of the songs were recorded in San Diego, so its definitely a reflection of myself.
AHHA: Tell us your experience while you were working with R. Kelly.
Nick Cannon: Man, its amazing. R. Kelly is a musical genius. I watched him do five songs for five different artists in one night. He just be flippin it, and you be ready to kill it.
AHHA: So, he already knows how he wants it to sound, the arrangement, how he wants the music to flow, etc.?
Nick Cannon: Exactly, and he be on that vibe. Hes just a workaholic.
AHHA: When you teamed up with him, were people in your ear talking about his current legal troubles?
Nick Cannon: It really wasnt none of that. When somebodys a phenomenal artist, thatll overtake the whole situation. We could care less about whats going on with anybodys personal life. We are here to make music, and thats what we did.
AHHA: A lot of people want to know if there is any sort of rift between you and B2K? You made the comment Im a grown man, not B2K on that Gigolo record.
Nick Cannon: Nah man, it aint nothing. The comment was in all good faith. I say a whole bunch of lines in different songs, but just like back in the day when Biggie said I got more mack than Craig, and Craig Mack aint have no beef with that. I was just really showing love. I remember letting them hear the song and they loved it, so its all fam. Its good to stir up a little controversy to make sure everybodys listening.
AHHA: Whats your current status with Nickelodeon? Are you still working with them, or are you evolving past the teenybopper thing and moving on?
Nick Cannon: Im definitely still working with them. Im not feeling my show anymore, but I work with them on so many different levels. I got some things Im producing for them, some behind the scenes stuff. I got an animated project Im working on for them and a couple of game show ideas.
AHHA: Thats whats up. Now, theres a lot of speculation about your relationship with Christina Milian. Whats going with that?
Nick Cannon: Thats one of my best friends.
AHHA: There is nothing outside of a friendship?
Nick Cannon: Well, you know Im a gigolo. I got to go see what I can do. (laughs) Im a young cat out here. Im not going to put boundaries on myself. But, shes a good person and one of the sweetest people youll ever meet. You want to be friends with each other first before you hop into the relationship thing. Otherwise, you are just playing house.
AHHA: With the buzz surrounding you and your album, I can see some comparisons between you and another cat when he first came out, and thats Will Smith. Do you think you are the new generation Fresh Prince, or are you steadily cutting out your own niche in R&B?
Nick Cannon: Im just here to put it down and do my thing. I love the comparisons, but those types of things dont bother me at all. As long as I can make my mark, Im here to blaze my own trail. Its rare when you can see someone whos a stand-up comic, an actor, a rapper, and a producer all at once that can do it all well. Im just striving to work hard and do the best work that I can possibly do.