With a career the spans almost 20 years, what hasn’t Nick Cannon done in the field of entertainment?

Since his start back in the late ’90s, he’s gone from teenage stand-up comedian, to television and movie star, to musician, to businessman. In film, he gave us the pop culture classic Drumline; he’s provided countless laughs on the small screen from his part of the all-star cast of All That to hosting Wild ‘n Out, and who could forget his collaborative R. Kelly bop “Gigolo.”

Cannon’s has given us so many countless pop culture gems throughout his career, and has earned himself the title of a true renaissance man. However, with his foot in so many different industries, it’s easy to miss some of his contributions, especially in music.

We know Nick has the charismatic goofy guy on camera, but behind the scenes he’s a workhorse. He’s makes every beat on Wild ‘n Out, from the theme songs to the beats used during the freestyle battle segments. He DJ’s almost every weekend at clubs around the world. He helps produced the soundtracks to the movie’s he’s been in.

As of late, he’s low-key been a part of breaking some of the biggest music acts out today, including H.E.R. and Khelani, and is also working on a compilation project called “Model Music” with various collaborations from established artists like Yo Gotti, Quavo, Jeremih and more. Somehow his work still flies under the radar.

“I’ve never been a real braggadocios dude,” he reveals. “I’ve never been like ‘hey, I’m a musician too!”

Since he’s had so much success in other entertainment avenues, his eyes are now set on making music. With new singles and projects on the way, he’s ready to emerge as an artist and for people to witness what he can bring to the table.

Watch Highsnobiety’s assistant editor Noah Thomas sit down with the Wild ‘n Out creator for a conversation solely on music. Listen to the pair discuss why Cannon’s contribution to music has been so under the radar, what new music he’s cooking up for fans, and more. Watch above.

Also, check out the latest episode of our new weekly series The Review featuring segments such as “Ball Boyz,” “Snob Talk,” and “Man on the Street.

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Words by Kyle Hodge
Staff Writer

New York based writer that pops flavor and drips sauce.

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