Nick Cannon Says He Wrote for Kanye West’s ‘Gold Digger’

During a recent interview on Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club Friday (Nov. 18), Nick Cannon spoke on how he once participated in Kanye West’s writing camps during the beginning stages of ‘Ye’s rap career. According to Cannon, he played a role in piecing together one of West’s memorable verses stemming from Rhymefest’s 2006 song “Brand New.”

“I ain’t never wrote no smashes, but I’ve been in the Kanye camps early on,” he said. “I was there doing ‘Gold Digger.’ I wrote the bar for Kanye, ‘We don’t need to stunt/I make black history every day, I don’t need a month.’ That was me. Kanye’s bar. Stuff like that.”

Cannon still paid homage to West for being an astute songwriter and highlighted how West’s real talent lies in piecing together a potent record from scratch. “That’s why I love Kanye and his movement because he knows how to make great music, great songs,” he said. “That ego doesn’t get into the art form. He’s like, ‘If somebody say something dope, let’s get to it.’ Being a part of that process, I’ve learned so much from him in making songs because…anybody can get in front of a mic and spit bars, but to create a song, that’s a true talent.” Interestingly enough, West handed Cannon a beat in the past, in what later became “My Wife” featuring Slim of 112 in the mid-2000s.



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