As a kid Cannon grew up in Lincoln Park's Bay Vista Housing Projects, which is a notorious gang-ridden section in Southeast San Diego.While in his teenage years he was a affiliated with the "Lincoln Park Bloods" street gang and stated that he left behind gang banging after losing a close friend.As a teenager, Cannon formed the rap group "Da G4 Dope Bomb Squad" with his friend Steve Groves; they opened for the likes of Will Smith, LFO, 98 Degrees, and Montell Jordan.After signing with Jive Records in 2001, he was featured alongside Romeo Miller and 3LW on the Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius soundtrack with a cover of the 1988 hit song "Parents Just Don't Understand".Chilli was on hand to perform some of TLC’s hit songs, including “No Scrubs” and “Waterfalls.” A source told the New York Daily News, "He watched Chilli intensely and lovingly as the group performed, then couldn’t keep his hands off her backstage. ” Nick apparently joined Chilli before and after her performance. They were hugged-up and kissing.” Nick and Chilli have been friends for years, she even attended his 30th birthday celebration in 2010.Back in February, Nick joked about being too busy to be anyone's boyfriend.Cannon — who still hasn’t finalized his divorce from Mariah Carey, who’s engaged herself to billionaire James Packer — added, “I’m damaged goods!
As a rapper he released his debut self-titled album in 2003 with the hit single "Gigolo", a collaboration with singer R. In 2007 he played the role of the fictional footballer TJ Harper in the film Goal II: Living the Dream.
The entertainment mogul filed for divorce from Mariah Carey in January last year.
Cannon, who is the Chief Creative Officer of Radio Shack, told AJ that he is single and focused on his career and on being a dad.
When AJ commented on his absence from the dating scene, Nick laughed, “Not at all.
Man, come on, it’s hard out here, AJ.” He continued, “I don’t even want to get involved in that — I got too many jobs. I’m comfortable being dad, I’m comfortable being CCO, I’m not comfortable being boyfriend.” When AJ asked what would happen if Nick met the woman of his dreams, Cannon smiled, “I had her! ” According to Page Six, Mariah and James Packer are apparently getting married in Tahiti, but her reps have shut down the reports, saying, "definitely all rumors.” Though Mariah has moved on, the friendly exes are committed to co-parenting their children, Monroe and Moroccan.
Cannon was born on October 8, 1980, in San Diego, California.