Nick Cannon is quickly becoming a triple threat.
Nick Cannon is quickly becoming a triple threat. Star of TV (Nickelodeon's "The Nick Cannon Show") and film ("Drumline," "Love Don't Cost a Thing"), Cannon is now trying his hand at music. The 21-year-old wears many hats on his much-delayed self-titled debut for Jive. Singles like "Gigolo" and "Feelin' Freaky" portray Cannon as a pimp caricature by the name of Fillmore Slim. Meanwhile, he plays "the boy next door" on tracks like "I Owe You" and "Whenever You Need Me." Cannon's true potential as a party MC—à la Nelly or Chingy—comes through on "Get Crunk Shorty." Featuring Ying Yang Twins and Fatman Scoop, the Just Blaze-produced track provides the perfect balance of crunk and old-school hip-hop. While Cannon shows potential, the overuse of samples and guest artists including R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige and B2K overshadows his efforts.—RH