Nick Cannon has let loose his frustrations with “the media, the naysayers, myself and ultimately with the voices in my head” in a new freestyle, “Divorce Papers.” As the title suggests, the introspective song covers his messy divorce proceedings with Mariah Carey — although he holds true to his promise not to diss her in his music — as well as his $100,000 rap battle challenge to Eminem and the health issues he’s gone through with Lupus. The track’s beat is created from a Willie Hutch sample Cannon says he looped himself.
“Divorce Papers” is sure to stir up some controversy since Cannon (foolishly) continues to call out Eminem and drags his personal family issues into the spotlight, so of course he released a statement given to Karen Civil, stating in part that his purpose for creating the freestyle “was not to feed the tabloid chatter, or even to diffuse it.”
“My Ex and I are in a great place and are diligently moving things along so we both can continue to be happy. I am happy for her and all her new endeavors, both personal ones and professional ones,” Cannon added. “I sincerely hope the media doesnÔÇÖt once again try to manipulate my words or my purpose for releasing this song.”
Good luck with that, Nick. Read the full statement and stream “Divorce Papers” below.
My purpose for creating this ÔÇ£Divorce PapersÔÇØ freestyle was not to feed the tabloid chatter, or even to diffuse it. This was strictly a creative way for me to express my frustrations with the media, the naysayers, myself and ultimately with the voices in my head. One late night in my studio, after hearing the recent accusations against me and my character, I turned on my drum machine, found this amazing Willie Hutch sample, looped it, and went into the booth and let it all out. It felt great!
IÔÇÖve been sitting on the song for almost a week now because I was really torn on whether or not I should release it. The last thing I would ever want to do is add fuel to the fire, especially a fire that was fabricated by the press. But, ultimately I felt it was necessary to clear the air and set the record straight once and for all.
My Ex and I are in a great place and are diligently moving things along so we both can continue to be happy. I am happy for her and all her new endeavors, both personal ones and professional ones. I sincerely hope the media doesnÔÇÖt once again try to manipulate my words or my purpose for releasing this song. As the world knows, I am an open book and IÔÇÖm proud of that. When it comes to expressing myself, I take the fearless approach and thatÔÇÖs what I chose to do here.
As FatherÔÇÖs Day approaches this weekend, IÔÇÖve been reflecting quite a bit on my life as a father and how I want to be the best one I can be, the way my father figures were to me. So with that said, I just ask that the public continues to respect our process and remain patient and loving as me and my family aim for happiness.
(Via Karen Civil)