Born on October 8th, 1980 in San Diego, California, Nicholas Scott Cannon was very young when his parents separated, so most of his childhood was spent traveling between California and North Carolina. He was largely raised by his grandfather who inspired him to pursue a career in music simply by gifting him with several musical instruments.
Nick Cannon was associated with the Lincoln Park Bloods street gang in his teens; however, he’s said he’d left that life behind after losing a close friend.
After graduating from high school, he started pursuing a career in stand-up comedy, and he soon started working in well-known clubs.
As far as his musical career is concerned, Nick Cannon formed a rap group in his teens. Named Da G4 Dope Bomb Squad, they performed as the opening act for icons such as Will Smith, 98 Degrees, and many others.
His debut album Nick Cannon came out in 2003, and its song Gigolo peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, and number 24 on the Hot 100.
At the age of 17, Nick became the youngest staff writer in television history when he started working on Nickelodeon’s All That. Soon after, he became the producer, director, and star of Nickelodeon’s The Nick Cannon Show.
In 2005, he hosted an MTV improv comedy series Wild ‘N Out, and from 2009 to 2017, he was the host of America’s Got Talent.
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Nick Cannon’s fans in Washington DC will be thrilled to find out that he’ll be hosting this year’s DC Jazz Festival taking place from June 7th to 16th. This will be the 15th anniversary of one of the biggest festivals of this kind in the Mid-Atlantic region, so make sure to go check it out.
Stay tuned with Nick Cannon with the Shade Room!