Nick Cannon is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces. The multi-talented performer has conquered the world of television. Cannon also became a prolific father. Those weren’t always his life’s ambitions, though.

Nick Cannon grew up in his grandfather’s church, where he was surrounded by soulful music. When his grandfather passed away, Nick inherited his instruments. At just eight years old, Nick Cannon was a blossoming musician.

Before Hollywood came calling, Nick Cannon wanted to be the next P. Diddy. A successful career as a television host and producer has been great. Nick thought he could’ve had a bigger career in music, as he revealed to HipHopDX recently.

“It’s been an interesting music journey. Music has been tough for me because my persona is so much bigger than my music career has ever been. People knew me for being a comedian or an actor or a television host or my personal life. Even when I started music, I was more of a producer. I had a label [Can-I-Ball Records] and I had artists.


I always envied the Pharrells and the Kanyes because they got to be producer/artists, where I was more of an artist/producer. I always wanted to be a producer first. That was always my dream. Even as a kid, I started DJing and stuff at parties and making beats. I never really wanted to be the front man in music. My dream was to be the next Jermaine Dupri or the next P. Diddy when I was a kid.”

Plans in life sometimes change. Nick Cannon thought he could be the next Diddy. Instead, he became a daddy. Eight times and counting.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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