A running joke on Nick Cannon’s famed comedy show, Wild ‘N Out, is his short-lived rap career. In 2003, the California native debuted his first eponymous studio album with heavy-hitting features from B2K, Nivea, Ying-Yang Twins, Fatman Scoop, Joe, the iconic Mary J. Blige and even his debut single, “Gigolo,” co-starred estranged R&B crooner R. Kelly.
Amid the show’s premiere in 2005, Cannon released “Can I Live,” a stand-alone single about his mom’s sacrificial decision to not abort him as a teenager. Despite the jokes, he is a mogul in his own right with countless credits as an actor, occasional director, landed a starring in Chi-Raq while being featured on its soundtrack and he even is considered the “guardian angel” of R&B phenom Kehlani from the early stages in her career.
Yet, in spite of his accolades and projects that most ignored, he sat down with Red Pill Podcast host Van Lathan and towards the end discussed how he could easily out-rap fellow emcee-turned-actor Will Smith "100%," and yes, he "wants all the smoke." Cannon admitted that the Fresh Prince is "pretty damn good."
Thanks to Wild 'N Out, he "has nothing to prove no more."
"I freestyle so well... I been doing this." As far as Tunechi, Drizzy and 3Stacks are concerned, he does consider them "to be one of the greatests, but you put those cats in a battle form... I could smash them bar for bar." However, when it comes to record sales and writing songs, Cannon knows his place. He prefers to produce and give other artists opportunities, like Quincy Jones.
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