Nick Cannon Shares Whiteface Photo to Promote White People Party Music Album, Explains Title

Entertainment Mar. 25, 2014 AT 8:40AM
Nick Cannon posted on INstagram Credit: Courtesy Nick Cannon

This should end well. Nick Cannon is releasing his first album in 11 years, White People Party Music -- and to promote the record, the America's Got Talent host sported whiteface in a controversial Instagram photo for Monday, March 24. "It's official . . . I'm White!!!" he wrote in a caption for the photo, in white the African-American entertainer is transformed into a Caucasian man named "Connor Smallnut" wearing a flannel, t-shirt, jeans and a hipster beanie.

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Continued the hashtag-heavy entry: "#WHITEPEOPLEPARTYMUSIC #Wppm in stores April 1st!!!!!!Dude Go Get It!!!Join The Party!!!! #GoodCredit #DogKissing #BeerPong #FarmersMarkets #FistPumping #CreamCheeseEating #RacialDraft 'Bro I got drafted!!'"

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Hours before posting that photo, Mariah Carey's husband spoke with Us Weekly's Entertainment Director Ian Drew about the provocatively-titled new album. "You go to a party and white people are having more fun than anybody," Cannon told Us. "They know how to have a good time! I could have named the album Purple People Party Music and you'd still get the same album, but it was just one of those things. You know, you deal with things like race, and people get uptight, so why not?"

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The father to twins Moroccan and Monroe explained the specific genesis of that LP name. "As a DJ, you name all your different playlists and your crates that you keep your music in. I had all these crates, and thought about mixing them from Dirty South to Midwest -- and one crate is called White People Party Music," he said. "It's hilarious -- when I came up with that title, I thought I have to name my album that. I just kind of stuck with it from there."

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