Nick Cannon Says Cory Gunz Has Potential to Be Bigger Than Drake and Nicki Minaj

Cory Gunz and Nick Cannon

Cory Gunz will step into the spotlight with the premiere of “Son of a Gun,” MTV’s new docu-series profiling Young Money’s rising star. The reality show follows the “6 Foot 7 Foot” rapper’s struggle to make a name for himself in the hip-hop world, documenting his business moves, relationship with his father-manager Peter Gunz, and all the behind-the-scenes drama. Executive producer Nick Cannon spoke with Rap-Up.com about what he saw in the 23-year-old and why he is poised to become rap’s next superstar.

What can we expect from “Son of a Gun”?
I like to say when I was creating the show, I was looking to do something very Scorsese-like. I’m a huge fan of Goodfellas and it’s just a coming-of-age story dealing with the mafia, except we’re doing a coming-of-age story dealing with the music industry, and it’s told through the eyes of Cory Gunz. A lot of people may be familiar with him, but when I was creating the show, I was asking around like, “Yo, I wanna know who the hottest young dude in hip-hop is right now coming up,” and everybody kept saying Cory Gunz. So I tracked him down and told him that I wanted to take his career to the next level and document the entire process, and that’s how we got the show.

What did you see in Cory?
Cory Gunz is a genius. At the end of the day, it’s the way he puts words together, the way he moves—he definitely is thinking on another level.

Do you think he will follow Drake and Nicki Minaj and become the next Young Money superstar?
I definitely think he can. I think he can be bigger than Drake and Nicki Minaj. I’m a huge fan of both of those acts, but Cory comes from a different place. He’s a street dude and he’s been living hip-hop all his life and the industry’s been buzzing about him for years. Jay-Z signed him when he was 17, so just the respect and the potential that everybody recognizes—and he holds the Bronx down like no other and that’s the birthplace of hip-hop—so I think we can see a lot of things from this cat.

“Son of a Gun” premieres tonight at 11 p.m. on MTV.

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58 Comments

  1. (o___o)

    oh Nick tried it…….

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    Snaxx Reply:

    @(o___o), why do everybody disrespect nick so much??? I mean dude paid dues his albums were relevant back when plus he stay on his grind makin money. Honestly nigga was ballin way before Mariah but niggaz just dont show no respect. Disrespectful ass niggaz!!!!! Y’all know if Nick started messin wit gunz n then dude really start getting shine an then signed Nick got the right to speak on dude siruation

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    maya Reply:

    @Snaxx, Nick is corny. His shows don’t last b/c he’s NOT funny. His comedy tours don’t do great b/c he’s not funny. Have you heard his song called “I’m So Wack”? He should stick to Teen Nick & don’t go no further. THAT’S WHY! Oh & have you heard “The Warning” by Eminem? Anyone who doesn’t like Em you know his fan base is going to go crazy…

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    MAC. DON Reply:

    U a real muthafuckin hater. .NICK CANNON IZ A HUSTLA FAGGOT.FUCK EMINEM

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    Jay-Swing Reply:

    @maya, I so feel you, Nick maybe a cool guy (I don’t know him) but in all reality he is quite WACK! from what I understand his pops got a little pull with the network and every parent wants to see their kid flourish. Go figure.

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  2. laiyah

    welp! until then {whenever the hell that is} team drizzy and minaj

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  3. LOL

    Nick Cannon when are you gonna STFU?

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  4. maya

    Nick stfu, I just can’t w| him! I hope Eminem & Cory Gunz do a song together…

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  5. O

    So if Jayz signed him when he was 17 why is he now with Wayne what happened with jay and drake may not be from the same place but nicki and Cory are both street and the only reason and drake nicki did so good was because they both had ALOT of buzz before Wayne actually signed them …dWn here in NC nobody knows who Cory really is but I guess thats why he is Doing this reality show to get his name out

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  6. JHP

    Here in SC, at least in my town, Cory is only known for his guest spot on 6’7 which was probably the best way to get his name out anyway. Bigger then Drake & Nicki, I doubt that. Nick Cannon needs to shut up, dude lame as hell, IDC why MC married him lol. I like Cory though, no homo, I’m pulling for him to make it, and I’ll peep his show 2nite

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    mrminaj Reply:

    @JHP, idk man nick could be right young money is the roster & a monster crew! Tygas comin up next but they all gettin paid there name says it allll

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  7. AAA

    I love cory, but why Nick as your manager…like eww

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  8. Brown Sugar

    AAA: Agreed!

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  9. Eliana

    I agree hahaha
    Cory has talent and can spit.
    Well nicki minaj is already big so she doesn’t count.
    maybe drake.

    Nick cannon better make him goood. cause i dislike you, but am trusting you.

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  10. ym

    nick go check on ur baby mama and stfu really

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  11. ItsBarbieBitch

    And Nicki Minaj isn’t from the streets?!?!?…. i dont understand Nicki Cannon. Nick YOUR FROM THE SUBURBS. Your come from money STFU

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    CAROL Reply:

    @ItsBarbieBitch, AM SORRY SWEETIE BUT YES SHE IS FROM THE STREETS AND THAT WILL BE HER DOWNFALL CAUSE SHE HAS FORGOT WERE SHE COMES FROM

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  12. no money

    yall make it seem like nick was diss nick and drake no thats not what he was doing he was saying that he see cory as begining the next big thing and i think wayne and birdman would agree nick just has his manger hat on and all mangers do this ask diddy

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  13. Devin

    Cory >>> lil twist

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  14. Yeah

    true tea Nick

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  15. no money

    nick cannon ain’t from the suburbs and he don’t come from money he has worked hard for his Look him up

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  16. RD

    Nicki lock you corny ass,don’t get my wrong i like my boy gunz i hope he do good, but nick talking like drake and nicki bin around along time,nicki needs to lock is damn mouth.

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  17. To know me is to hate me

    To be bigger than them u gotta reach te masses, not just the hip hop heads and hoods in NY.

    He’s basically saying he can be as big as eminem, wayne, & Jay z. Cuz Nicki & drake r right under those 3 right now. just look at the bb charts last year & see the rap numbers.

    and is Nicki cannon managing him or executive producing this show?

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  18. chester

    Am I the only one who finds Cory totally annoying?
    I can’t imagine anyone actually standing in line and buying his CD and then playing it in their car. He is annoying, with those stupid faces he makes! I can’t bear it. hurry up, and your ridiculous reality show, so 6 months from, we can never hear from him again.

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    Yeah Reply:

    @chester,
    u just described Nicki v_v

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    billzarelli Reply:

    y u hatn@Yeah,

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    Wezzylover Reply:

    @chester, r u like 4real?ur out ur mind if u dnt like Cory he go so hard.im going to buy every one of his cd’s and go to almost every show

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    BiG DaD Reply:

    @Wezzylover, me too every one of his CD’s

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  19. ya nikka

    yo nikka listen nick cory gunz culd rap and achieve young money star but he cant destroy drizzy dat nikka canadian and he betta thenn most rappers like yo he can get there but he aint da rappa who gon make it rain

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  20. Samoyaa

    I heard of Cory Gunz through 6″7. His rap was dope. I think Nick Cannon just going after him because he wanted a show. What he hd to say on the interview is absolutely ridiculous. He must not know much about Nicki Minaj or Drake. They both had names well before Wayne. Why in the heck is he on here anyway? He at hot like that in the music industry. I hope Cory makes it big though.

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    billzarelli Reply:

    cory gunz had a name before he met wayne to..u must not b up on smack n youtube@Samoyaa,

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  21. as

    i like nick cannon

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  22. Misty Jean

    I don’t know who he his, but he’s cute!

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    BiG DaD Reply:

    @Misty Jean, uck yeah he his he’s effing sexy!!!!

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  23. Hemimem

    He aint gonna be huge. His voice is annoying, very nasal. Ray romano shit

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  24. Chance

    NICK STFU! YOU KNOW DAMN WELL CORY AINT GON BE BIGGER THAN NICKI AND DRAKE!! GO TO SLEEP BITCH!
    <——-LOOK AT CORY……….DO YOU REALLY THINK HE'S GONNA BE BIGGER THAN DRAKE AND NICKI!

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    BiG DaD Reply:

    @Chance, i know he’ll be bigger than them!!!
    (tee hee)

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  25. TT

    I like nick to he has worked hard to cover up is bad music career I feel gunz is on the right track he is wit all good people who can make something happen for him including nick. Guns is trying to get paid like everyone else and he has a great team on his side.everyone hating on nick knowin y’all will be kissing a@? If he approached you on the street especially with a great opportunity.

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  26. Royaleeeee

    Cory got Bars & he can’t hang wit the big dogs but he ain’t no Nicki or Drake! How TF Nicki ain’t from the streets? Imma need Nick dumb ass 2 do some research b4 he go speak some wack shit! Im from L.A. & ain’t know who TF cory was b4 6’7 & iKnew bout Nicki & Drake b4 they even had any Features or songs on the charts! Who really checkin 4 Cory guns like that? Don’t worry i’ll wait…

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  27. minaj11

    NOT GONNA HAPPEN!!! Nicki Minaj is the queen of rap. Wayne is the King. Saying that he will be bigger than nicki is like saying he will be bigger than Wayne… NOPE!!

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    Wezzylover Reply:

    @minaj11, not really

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  28. @OMGandrew

    of course he’s gonna say that, cause he works for/with him … i just wanna hear it for myself …

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  29. billzarelli

    Cory gunz been hot I been heard of him before he got signed to yung money dat nigga gone make it bc he werk hard n he got bars…da deal wit yung money was gud bc its about dollaz n exposure he jus gotta stay hot wit dat allstar roster yung money got…n nick cannon a real grinder too..shit nick if u read dis sign me to ya label..ima blo like da wind do! Myspace.com/billzarelli

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  30. tamia

    IKNOW PEOPLE ARE SAYING HATEFUL THINGS ABOUT NICK. BUT I HAVE MAD RESPECT FOR HIM WEATHER HIS MUSIC CAREER WAS BAD OR GOOD.BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY HE STILL HAS MONEY AND HOLDING HIS SELF DOWN AND HE HAS GOOD BUSINESS IDEA”S THATS HOW HE IS MAKING HIS MONEY NOW. I KNOW HE WILL DO GREAT WITH THE HELP OF CORY GUNZ CARRER.

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  31. From Tokyo

    “I’m a huge fan of both of those acts…” he said, but I’m sure those who only cared to read the post title didn’t bother to read/digest that. Just straight with the hate.

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  32. me

    yea cory will be bigger than drake but not nicki oh and can u sign my tit

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  33. Sharp Tongue

    I love Cory Gunz he’s a cute rat lol anyway Nick should stop while he’s ahead and worry about Mariah and the babies, but Cory will be big i see that happening.

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  35. Joyams

    And who is nick cannon? what did he do in his carrer?? JUST WONDERING!!!

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  36. CAROL

    i f..ks with cory gunz any day not just nicki and drake

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  37. fali

    ok

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  38. Wezzylover

    all i know is i like Cory Gunz. He go hard. He gone make it big y all yall hatein on him. Stop ridin his dick

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  39. Jullez

    Y’all haters are Dumb!! y’all Gutfull mediocres need to go 4 english lessons cz you got the whole point wrong.theres no hating in his statement but 4 u dumb ass m’afuckas twill take you yrs to notice that.those who r sayin Cory is crappy,what bout you? Why dont you Try recordin your music n lets see how far it goes.its soo bad to hate on someone who’s working his ass out to make sth 2 be proud of.y’all should feel sorry for yourselves!! N Evry1 is good in there own way,Your sense of taste AINT MINE!!

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  40. BiG DaD

    damm cory gunzz os sexy!!!!!!! yeah word to mama in outta my lima bean dont wanna see that drama get some dramamine

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  41. T da Macka

    Whatt!!!!

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  42. T da Macka

    I see some of u niggas don’t knw shit bout Cory Gunz tht nigga been had a buzz and he cn spit! !!!and Nick corny but he gets paper!!!!

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  43. MAC. DON

    Wut up NICK.

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