Nick Cannon

Common Sense Media says

Not quite right for preteens or older teens.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The old double standard is alive and well in Nick Cannon's world.


Mostly "love" songs here.


Stops short of explicit, with loads of innuendo.


Some "I used to be a child star but I'm grown up now" posturing.


Several brand name references and internet tie-in promotions.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Love is the drug.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that macho posturing is balanced with surprising moments of sentimental tenderness. This is "hip-hop lite." There are a few vividly sexist and sexual images, but nothing really explicit.

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What's the story?

Nick Cannon's self-titled CD is a little hard to place. Too sophisticated for preteens, it doesn't have quite the visceral punch that older teens and young adults have come to expect in this genre. It does deliver some wonderfully well-produced songs with an astonishing array of all-star cameos.

Is it any good?


This is a perky, fresh-sounding collection of songs on which all the truly terrific performances are delivered not by the artist, but by his friends. Cannon, a former child star and young movie actor, is a pretty good rapper. Generous contributions from buddies like Just Blaze, R. Kelly, P. Diddy, The Trackmasters, Fatman Scoop, Yin Yang Twins, B2K, Joe, Nivea, Biz Markie, and Mary J. Blige help make his CD shine. The songs are bursting with danceable rhythm tracks, hummable hook lines, and pop culture references.

There are also some surprising moments of tenderness. On "Whenever You Need Me," the obligatory sensitive-guy song, Cannon's lyrics expound on the difficulties of the celebrity relationship, and how sorry he is for his occasional screw-ups. Mary J. Blige contributes the gorgeous duet vocal that makes the song memorable. Another track, "I Owe You," is a sentimental thank-you and tribute to his grandmother, and it really is lovely.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the sexism and innuendo here. Why do you think it's included?

Music details

Artist:Nick Cannon
Release date:December 9, 2003
Label:Jive Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 17 years old Written bytmic April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

his so sexy

i love nick cannon he is soooooo sexyyy.


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