Congrats to Nick Cannon. The Ike Turn Up rapper and “Wild ‘N Out” host has confirmed that he “absolutely” has a baby on the way with former beauty queen Brittany Bell.
Although hesitant to admit the news at first, plugging his new K. Michelle-assisted song “Baby on the Way” instead, the multi-hyphenate star was eventually asked point blank if Bell was expecting his child during an interview with “The Breakfast Club.”
“Absolutely,” he confirmed. “God said ‘Be fruitful and multiply.’ I’m doing the Lord’s work out here.”
Nick, of course, has two children from his previous marriage with Mariah Carey. The twins, Moroccan and Monroe, are now five years old. Meanwhile, Bell has been celebrating her pregnancy with photos on Instagram.
Elsewhere in the revealing interview, Nick admitted to ghostwriting for Kanye West in the past. In particular, he pointed out a lyric from Yeezy’s verse on Rhymefest’s Blue Collar single “Brand New.”
“I ain’t never wrote no smashes, but I’ve been in the Kanye camps early on,” he said. “I was there doing ‘Gold Digger.’ I wrote the bar for Kanye: ‘We don’t need to stunt / I make black history every day, I don’t need a month.’ That was me. Kanye’s bar. Stuff like that. That’s why I love Kanye and his movement because he knows how to make great music, great songs. That ego doesn’t get into the art form. He’s like, ‘If somebody say something dope, let’s get to it.’ Being a part of that process, I’ve learned so much from him in making songs because…anybody can get in front of a mic and spit bars, but to create a song, that’s a true talent.”
Despite that stance, Nick said he can’t put Drake in the same category as other MCs just yet, particularly due to ghostwriting allegations.
“If you put Drake up against somebody bar for bar, like, ‘Go off of your arsenal, not your team’s arsenal, what you got against another person who raps for a living,’ I’m not gonna go with Drake,” he explained. “Not as an MC. I need to see him. You see him at SMACK [Ultimate Rap League] battles and they’re like, ‘Yo, what’s poppin’?’ He don’t want that. That’s fine. That’s not for everybody. That’s not his sport. He’s a great songwriter, probably one of the best artists of our time, but as a lyricist, I can’t give him that.”
Nick was referring to a long-awaited, often-teased battle between Murda Mook and Drizzy. The match, which reportedly almost took place at a King of the Dot event in Toronto once, has not gone down yet. However, Nick said, he has seen Yeezus battle first-hand. “I have seen ‘Ye be a lyricist,” he said. “I have battled ‘Ye freestyle, off the top.”
Watch the rest of the interview, in which Nick talks about his various relationships and his discovery of Kehlani, below.