Nick Cannon is not shying away from his beef with Detroit nemesis Eminem, and during in a recent interview with Billboard, Cannon explained that he’d never be the aggressor, but he is ready to stand his ground whenever Em’s fires shots.
“You gotta remember, I was defending myself once again. He keeps bringing it up for decades. I’m one of those cats that matches energy. I don’t do it—I overdo it,” Cannon explained. “Even in high school, I was a little guy, but if you made fun of me, I was gonna make fun of you, your momma, and that’s the same energy of Wild ‘N Out. It was a month of social commentary, but if you’ve ever heard me speak on this matter, I always give that dude his props as an icon in hip-hop. I think he knows better now. If he keeps talking about me, I’m gonna keep talking back.”
Cannon also spoke on the recent tension amongst Wild ‘N Out personalities, Emmanuel Hudson, and Spoken Reason that transpired in an awkward exchange during the filming of the hit improv show.
“Those two dudes, they had things they had to hash out for quite some time. It eventually got to my awareness when Spoken Reason was coming at me online. I was like, ‘Just come to the show and we’ll talk about it.’ I view Wild ‘N Out as a great mechanism for people that have these beefs or issues to use our great stage to say whatever it is you want to say in front of the public.”
The 39-year-old podcast and Wild ‘N Out host also detailed his friendship with fallen NBA icon Kobe Bryant and the toll his shocking death took on him.
“Those are the hardest people to lose when it’s out of nowhere; the ones that resonate and make you want to question everything about existence, and it’s people with such powerful, strong, and beautiful intentions. That’s who that brother was. I try to rely on understanding that we were blessed to have him in the time that we did have him, and there’s only a few people like that. He brought so much joy to people around the world, and we have to honor him in that way.”
When asked what is the next move for the entrepreneur would be, he selflessly revealed to Billboard that his next venture was to provide more opportunities for others.
“I think even when we see the Wild ‘N Out empire, I started this brand by putting my own money up in 2004 as really a show to provide jobs for my friends. Those friends are now millionaires and have platforms that they own. Just to see everyone shine is [great], so I want to continue to do that because it doesn’t come around often.”