Nick Cannon Describes Upbringing In Blood Gang Neighborhood

Nick Cannon recalls the moment he chose to pursue a career in Hollywood, says he always tries to downplay the gang culture he grew up around.

Prior to receiving his start in the entertainment world as an actor on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy show “All That,” Nick Cannon says he grew up in a neighborhood where being a gang member “was kinda the thing.”

The musician/actor says he never joined a gang, but was surrounded by gang culture while growing up in Southeast San Diego. He also recalled wearing certain colors during a time in which gang culture was heavily glorified.

“Man, you know what? I wouldn’t say I joined a gang,” Cannon said during an interview with Vlad TV. “It wasn’t like the Boys & Girls Club where you can walk up and sign up. I grew up in a neighborhood in Southeast San Diego—this public assistance area called Bay Vista. And that was kinda the thing. The cats you grew up with…Actually, if anything I was always trying to get away from it. Of course, during the early ‘90s when it was glorified I definitely was wearing my Dickies and certain colors and the Chucks.”

Before admitting that he’s never tried to glorify the gang lifestyle, Cannon revealed that it was a Blood set he grew up around.

“It was a Blood set, but it was one of those things where that’s the area that I grew up in,” he said. “I mean, even if you think of Southeast San Diego, the majority of the people from down there are from different Blood sets. So, it was one of those things where I never even tried to glorify that because I felt like I got out of that unscathed. I mean, I lost a lot of friends to senseless gang violence. A lot of people still locked up right now. So, I always try to downplay it and be like that cat that was allowed to get away from it.”

Lastly, the actor spoke on the moment when he realized that choosing a life as an entertainer in Hollywood far outweighed remaining in Southeast San Diego where shootings and other senseless acts of violence were very much present.

“I remember that day,” Cannon said when asked about being shot at. “It was interesting too cause it was a time actually during high school where I felt like I was at a crossroads. I actually remember even having this conversation with my family. Like ‘Yo, a lot of my friends are getting shot. A lot of people I know, close to me are dying. I have an opportunity to be in this entertainment thing.’ And obviously everybody wants to be successful at something. But when one day people are shooting. There’s drive-bys at your school. And you’re going to football games and not really making it home. And the next day you can take a train ride to Los Angeles and don’t have to deal with any of that cause you’re in Hollywood. Yo man, once Nickelodeon called I locked in. I forgot about all of that stuff.”

Nick Cannon’s interview with Vlad TV comes days after the April 1st release of his most recent project, White People Party Music. Cannon spoke briefly on the project during an interview with HipHopDX last month.

“If anybody thinks it’s a real risk, they’re ridiculous,” he said. “That’s the whole thing: It’s a title that creates conversation…I’m trying to show that that’s not really what it’s about. White people love me and they know how to have a good time. I’m just putting it all together.”

108 Comments

  • izraul

    lol.. if thats true then why havnt you helped out your family to do the same? your know... your cousin from west coast crip! bitch ass nigga! you scared to even come around.. lol mark

  • Ty

    I lived in San Diego for 3 years and never even thought of going in those areas. Our cities are full of lost causes. People (mostly Black and Hispanic) killing over a neighborhood that they probably don't even own the home they live in. Nick and anyone else who chose to distance himself from that bull is a success story no matter the legal occupation.

  • bossmajor

    fuck outta here nick. nobody believes you, you need more people

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  • FuckTheIRS

    why are gangs so caught up in getting at each other. we should be getting at the real bitch asses, the IRS. yo they rob us everyday and get away with it. stop fighting each other and unite.

  • Anonymous

    i can rspect nick cannon for that. southeast dago aint no joke. damu's run that town

  • Anonymous

    Nick couldn't make a funny to save his white ass lifestyle. Mariah has bigger guns than anything hes holdin. Hes got acne scars from stressing about who's dik is sliming nick at night

  • illems

    This dude doesn't deserve to have his name capitalized

  • loc'ed out gangta set

    damn homies, nicky cannon been banging 4 a minut now loc. gyeah, he from a piru set i seen him wearing they rags and colorz homie i seen dat shit.

  • lusaka7

    nick comes out about his childhood because the average wht person dont understand the storys in southern ca hoods. desean jackson has the same story that the eagle tried to make it into something else. nick is speaking for many entertainer who come from gang infested areas, and letting people know the obstacles a blk youth has to overcome.

    • Chip Kelly

      ^This. Desean wasn't a fit for the team no more. The media just hyped up the gang stuff.

    • Anonymous

      "desean jackson has the same story that the eagle tried to make it into something else" fuck outta here, the eagles knew where he was from, he was a bad team member so they canned him.

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  • BigNoct2

    Get lost Nick Cannon...

  • Anonymous

    Interesting story. He portrays himself as a soft nigga so much I never knew he actually came from the hood.

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  • imho

    lmaooo this guy done pissed off most of the white folks who supported him now hes trying to get that black demographic back to buy his album lmaooooo bet we see a name change in his album soon..if it ever releases

  • Trolly

    I always disliked this cat.... until watching this video

    • rep yo set niggahhh

      me too I still aint like him much lol but he do be talkin sum real shit here id take being corny over doin life in a cell anyday I always thought this guy was from a rich family for sum reason

  • Anonymous

    Born and raised in SD still here he isnt lying half of the people i went to high school with were Lincoln Park Bloods or Skyline Piru and theyre all from Southeast SD where hes from

  • Anonymous

    I wonder why Eminem refused to fight or even diss him back?

  • Lyonel

    lmao seems like Nick Cannon ended up bringing something positive out of you HHDX niggaz, this is the first time I ain't seeing no negative B.S. or niggas dissing each other's comments

  • Batman

    Don't let me catch any of you in "the hood". I roll up on you and check you bitch ass fools.

  • Anonymous

    Fuck the hood life! I am focusing on being successful and productive over here ---->

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  • Anonymous

    I grew up in a gang neighborhood in LA. After graduating high school I had to make a decision to either stay there and risk falling into the same lifestyle that gets so many young niggas killed, or I could try to make something of myself by enlisting in the Marine Corp. It wasn't an easy decision to make, but after a lot of thought I eventually decided enlisting in the USMC was the right choice. I completed my service, after which I used the money I received to go to college and gt a degree. I graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in finance. Now I work for a small investment management firm, making good money (I earn a good amount although nowhere near 6 figures). I ain't nothing special, but I do own my own home, drive a nice car, wear nice clothes, and help my moms pay her bills.

  • C

    He seriously just say he moved to LA to escape gang violence?

  • Anonymous

    No gang wanted this pansy.

  • Anonymous

    Im from Compton, use to play Lincoln Prep in San Diego all the time in the 90's in basketball, San Diego definitely has its hood blood niggaz don't let the water sand and sun fool you, Cali is where that gang culture began and San Diego aint nothing but 2 hours south of Compton AND LA, I remember 200 bloods at one game.

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  • Anonymous

    Motherfuckers are arguing over whose hood is worse lmao!

  • LooseLisa

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Anonymous

    "My hood was on gangland 10 times mothafucka, WE HOOD HOMIE" lol pathetic ass fools.

  • lmaoooo

    lol @ all the San Digaygans trying to defend how hood San Digaygo is.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah... . I been to that place you are calling San Digaygo... shit ain't gay my man. Hot ass girls walking around half naked at the beach all the time.. amazing herb and the beautiful weather year round. But I get it... you aren't into any of those things so you couldn't really appreciate it. Keep fucking those ugly bitches and smoking that dirt weed playa!

    • Anonymous

      willing to bet you ain't from none of them parts Digaygo=punk fuckboy talk and I ain't from there but been there you pussy

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  • LMFAO

    DX puttin the article picture of this NICKELODEON ass clown in all red like he can relate and associate him self with the gangs lmaoooo lamest muthafucka on the surface...

  • Anonymous

    Ill just let you silly muafukas find out the hard way.... the Town aint what u think when u cross the tracks....

  • Anonymous

    nick cannon is the only dude who could grow up around gangs and still end up a bitch ass nga

    • Anonymous

      He's now in the Mariah Piru's.

    • Anonymous

      pussies worried about "gsngsters" when they got militia groups, bikers, frat boys, and practice nepotism up the ass (literally too) but they worried about blue and red that don't even know they exist how is obama a gangster, marxist, & a nazi at the same time who's weak? lmffao @ you IDIOTS thanks for showing us your true nature bigot boy

    • Anonymous

      cant forget nas

    • Anonymous

      what about kendrick lolololol

    • Anonymous

      gangsters are bitches. if obama joined a gang will he be president. now tell me between obama and your gang sign throwing father who is the real man? See?

  • Anonymous

    Nigga please, there is nothing gangster about you clown. Nick Cannon is the whitest black person that ever lilved

  • minnesota slick

    clown this dude all you want. dude's chick is finer than yours and his bank account is larger. i don't fuck with his music but i respect his hustle.

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  • LMAO

    The softest blood rapper ever

  • Anonymous

    You firgot Compton!

  • Truthisthetruth

    CHICAGO IS THE HOOD ! NOT SAN DIEGO! DETROIT IS THE HOOD NOT SAN DIEGO! ST. LOUIS IS THE HOOD NOT SAN DIEGO! PHILADELPHIA IS THE HOOD NOT SUNNY SAN DIEGO! SO STOP IT!.

  • Anonymous

    A lot of people like to clown Nick Cannon because he acts funny and goofy but he more hood than some of these rappers

    • Anonymous

      he seems like a cool guy just livin the dream. i heard him on howard stern last week. imagine growing up fantasizing about mariah carey and then marrying her

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  • me

    i went out to l.a. in '92 and dude already had a damn billboard on sunset for his nickelodean show. he was already a start THEN. so what early 90's is he talking about? "we don't believe you, you need more people" - jay z

  • Skipp

    This nigga from SAN DIEGO...SAN DIEGO again SAN DIEGO! Aint shit poppin off there but sunshine and Wealth you privilege ass lame.

    • Anonymous

      ^^ LOL closer to 2mill if you count the all the illegals. southeast sd is like mexico... but half yall dont make it past downtown.. which goes to show how bitchass you really are.

    • Anonymous

      lol whoever said san diego, a city of over 1 million, doesn't have hoods is crazy. u can't have 1000000 wealthy residents in a city. smh!

    • Anonymous

      u sound dumb as fuck......I guarantee u would be quiet den a muafuka if was you in the town, dont be fooled... we got the most episodes of gangland and american gangster, that aint by accident stupid muafuka.....

    • mitchyslick

      weird i just looked him up.. thought he was from the bay cause he always collabs with the bay cats

    • paul bearer

      nah he's from SD

    • mitchyslick

      wait isn't mitchy slick from the bay? or did i miss that boat

    • Anonymous

      ^ lol san Diego aint bout life chill.. now compton yea

    • Anonymous

      LOL AT YOU ABVIOUSLY NOT KNOWING SHIT ABOUT THE 619. WHERE THEY MERK YOU AND BE OVER THE BORDER IN MINUTES

    • paul bearer

      every city, especially major ones with over a million residents, has at least a few hoods.

    • Fish

      sigh... OK you fucking retard, here's what to do - go and listen to Mitchy Slick. Any Mitchy Slick track you want. Also try searching for the Lincoln Park Bloods And their activities, then come back and revise your statement.

    • Belize

      ha..you UOENO about it ...hahahaha...man, go to SD and see what its like..and i dont mean downtown

  • wutupBLOOD

    nick cannon a gigolo and a blood. shit that nigga got ties real deep real deep and he be gettin his dick wet mmhmm

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