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".
It was never released because of Nick Cannon's acting career.
He acted in the films Drumline, Love Don't Cost a Thing, and Roll Bounce.
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.
Nick Cannon and photographer and model Lanisha Cole seemed to confirm on social media that they are dating.
On July 26, 2013 Nick Cannon premiered his new single "Me Sexy" and announced over seven years after the shelving of his album Stages that he was working on a new second studio album entitled White People Party Music featuring collaborations with Afrojack, Pitbull, Future and Polow da Don.
Prior to the release of the mixtape, a music video for the single "If I Was Your Man" was released on November 7, 2016.
In 2009 Nick Cannon formed a new label after cancelling his old label Can-I-Ball Records entitled N'Credible Entertainment.
In 2010, Cannon created a parody of hip hop pioneer Slick Rick entitled "Slick Nick".