LOS ANGELES — Nick Cannon finally has a release date for his second album, and he has the owner of his new record label to thank: Himself.
Cannon’s Stages, for which the first single dropped a year ago, is due June 20 on the rapper’s new Motown imprint, Can I Ball Records.
Kanye West produced a few tracks, including the second single, “My Wife” (see “Nick Cannon Goes ’Wild’ With Kanye, Ying Yang Twins, Common” ), but West is the only famous guest involved.
“I didn’t want a whole bunch of features, a whole bunch of producers,” Cannon said at Saturday’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards (see “Will Smith Issues A Warning, Timberlake Thanks His Butt At Kids’ Choice Awards” ). “I did the majority of it, and Kanye helped me a great deal. And I think between those two creative minds, we captured something.”
The first single, “Dime Piece,” which samples Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Poison,” is out now, and the video features Cannon searching for girls for his video at a church where Bishop Don “Magic” Juan is preaching.
Cannon is confirmed for KIIS-FM’s Wango Tango Festival on May 5 and plans to hit more stages in the summer.
In the meantime, he’s shooting no less than five movies this year, including “Extra Protection,” an action comedy he’s also producing with his idol, Will Smith (see “Will Smith Gets Nick Cannon’s Fists Flying” ).
“It’s a script that I wrote and he picked up,” Cannon said. “We just keepin’ it movin’ and gettin’ it done. You gotta keep cookin’ while the pot is hot. That’s the deal here. They give you a foot in the door, you put your whole body in there.”
Cannon’s certainly putting his whole body into the “Goal!” soccer movie franchise. He just finished “Goal! 2,” due in September, and will shoot “Goal! 3″ in the fall.
“I play, like, the Allen Iverson of soccer on the Arsenal team for London,” Cannon said. “I don’t really play soccer [in real life], but I had to act like I knew what I was doing and stuff. So it was kind of crazy to be right next to David Beckham and have no soccer experience at all.”
On top of his upcoming movies, which also include “Bobby,” “Weapons,” “Monster House” and “The Beltway,” Cannon will continue to produce and star in MTV’s “Wild ’N Out” and is also producing a show with Quincy Jones for Nickelodeon, where he got his start in 1994 on “All That.”
“It’s called ’Nick’s Star Camp,’ ” Cannon said, pointing to the cast behind him. “These are the next big stars. They sing, they dance, they rap, they act. I’m tellin’ you, they gonna be takin’ over MTV in a few years. We buildin’ ’em. It’s the next wave.”