Executive maker, Nick Cannon trips the group of of MAKE IT POP. The rapper/acting professional/TV exec also teases his forthcoming dancehall flick featuring Busta Rhymes, Beenie Man & more. While the audience may be new to the glossy world of Girls’ Generation, f(x) and 2NE1, one of its makers is not. Cannon had worked carefully with the sweetness Girls on their eponymous TeenNick film in 2012, introducing him to the stylized Korean entertainment world highly.
Ahead of Make It Pop’s first-season finale on, may 1, Billboard solelychatted with the rapper/actor/Television exec about the show, his love of “magnifying” sub-cultures and more. Why is the global world ready for a K-pop-inspired Television show? I always say, “America’s last to the party.” Honestly. It’s such a global trend that I’ve witnessed over the years from traveling overseas.
What specifically drew you to the culture? The primary reason is the admiration and respect for the enthusiasts, how they treat the musician and exactly how they really become this real community. That is the thing that opened my eyes initially. And then when the product quality is seen by you in the music and the videos, the imaging and exactly how detailed everything was; the pop-art feel. I thought it was just awesome, the way they offered it. Obviously, we’ve always had girl groups and boy bands and everything that stuff in the states. But to start to see the detail, the hard work and the dedication in K-pop culture, I’d never seen anything to enjoy it. So far, that mainly thrives online and on YouTube.
What was your eyesight with Make It Pop and how do you make that translate on TV? I would say Make It Pop was inspired by that global world, but not trying to be genuine because necessarily, ultimately, at the end of your day we’re making a television show for Nickelodeon.
What were you looking for when it arrived to casting? You have Sunlight Hi performed by Megan Lee actually, who was simply a pop singer in South Korea. We were blessed to have the ability to have Megan Lee on the show. I wish to say, man, during the period of about two years, I’ve seen many girls and actors because of this show. Did you learn anything from working with Wonder Girls? THE SWEETNESS Girls’ TeenNick Movie definitely helped. It was originally inspired by that.
I was launched to the K-pop world through the sweetness Girls. Those girls are so amazing. I needed to put into action all those basic things into the show as well. Working with the sweetness Girls was great training for Make It Pop. K-pop followers can be quite defensive and there is a petition with almost 10,000 signatures challenging you cancel the show before it aired. Did you see any negativity brooding?
It’s interesting because while in development, I think there was a press release that went that I was performing a K-pop show. I didn’t understand why the supporters were kind of upset. And they were stating how much this world and these performers mean to them. And I totally reputed that. Ironically, because the show has aired, I’ve seen nothing but positive tweets, and everything online, they’re already starting fansites and stuff.
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I’m sure a great deal of those followers would like to know, are you a personal fan of every other Korean functions? J.Y. Park, but I probably also would get in trouble easily decided to go with anyone because you understand how serious it is! I got eventually to say everything that originated from JYP and all their acts have always been wonderful and the ones I’ve been supporting throughout the years. This year What else are you up to? I’m doing a lot of stuff. In the music space, with Wild ‘N Out, we’re actually liberating some music from a lot of the artists.
I’m starting photography for King of the Dancehall, a film I’m starring in, directing in and published in Jamaica that’s about the dancehall culture. Myself, Busta Rhymes, Beenie Man, Ky-Mani Marley, everyone in that dancehall culture because I feel like that’s another type of culture that doesn’t have the opportunity to kind of have its time in cinema.
You see all these kind of watered-down dance films, but you never seen one about Jamaican culture. Sounds like it could be a new-age version of Dancehall Queen. I mean obviously, I was inspired by everything from Dancehall Queen towards the Harder They Come, movies that really pay respect to Jamaican culture. Between your cast and what we’re really trying to perform, I feel like we’re going to be one that people will reference when discussing the world of the dancehall.