Back in January, Nick Cannon dropped a seven-track EP titled The Miseducation of the Negro You Love to Hate, which might be best known for the track “Used To Look Up To You,” a diss directed at long-time foe Eminem. Today, the multi-talent unveils a new visual from that project for “Ghetto Blues,” an introspective cut that sees Cannon rapping about being surrounded by wolves in sheep’s clothing:
“This my ghetto blues, my ghetto blues, sometimes I feel used, I’ve been abused, all these hoes choose, don’t know who to choose, everybody want my shoes, can’t fill my shoes, I’ve been working like a slave, yeah, feel my pain, yeah, smokin’ got me in space, yeah...”
Directed by Cannon and Ben Sumpter, the accompanying clip takes a different approach to the song’s subject matter by shining a light on America’s homeless population. The clip begins by declaring that over 1.5 million people in the country are without shelter, and 1.5 million children will experience homelessness at some point in their lives. The black, white, and blue video then shows Cannon both riding around and playing guitar, all as shots of homeless individuals are interspersed throughout. The NCredible head honcho is also shown being an active public servant within his community, even going to speak to those who are currently incarcerated.
Outside of music and charitable acts, Cannon can also be seen on the small screen hosting “The Masked Singer,” which is currently entering into its fifth season. Unfortunately, he reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 just prior to production, and won’t appear in the first few epidodes — fortunately, Niecy Nash is there to hold him down in the meantime.
Press play on Nick Cannon’s “Ghetto Blues” video — and, if you missed it, The Miseducation of the Negro You Love to Hate — below. If you would like to contribute to the cause, you can donate to the non-profit Los Angeles Mission here.