Kreesha Turner Shares Her Pefect Craft in Jamaica

CANADIAN-JAMAICAN recording artist Kreesha Turner hit the island shores of Jamaica earlier this week to promote her single “Sexy Gyal”, a collab with dancehall group TOK.

Nick and , who is also her manager accompanied her during the trip as was a guest with her at the Jamaica Observer’s Monday Exchange held at its Beechwood Avenue headquarters in St Andrew, on Tuesday.

Kreesha is also signed to Nick’s Ncredible Records. Kreesha and Nick spoke to the newspaper about what lies ahead for her in the upcoming new year.

“We are gearing up for a successful 2015. I am currently working on my mixtape which will feature the likes of Mya, Juicy J and Gucci Mane,” she said.

She said the mixtape, will take the elements of hip hop, dancehall, reggae and R&B.

Both Turner and Cannon said they are not perturbed by the low sales of dancehall/reggae music. Cannon said such a challenge is exciting as he knows his artiste has the potiential to make it big internationally.

Turner said she met Nick Cannon while at a night club in Los Angeles.

“As soon as I walked in Nick was DJ-ing. He took the mic and said: ‘Kreesha Turner is in the building’. All I could think was, ‘this man knows my name, what?” she explained.

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, to Canadian father and a Jamaican mother, the 29-year-old said she never strayed far from her roots and would spend the holidays with her grandmother.

“At the age of 14, I got myself in a little trouble and my mother ‘deported’ me to Jamaica,” she said between laughter.

Spending a portion of her teenage years in Spanish Town, St Catherine, Turner attended Faith Temple Tabernacle in Bayside, Portmore.

“My friends convinced me to audition for the youth choir despite my own belief that I could not sing,” she said.

After completing her secondary education at Wolmer’s High School, she returned to Canada. In 2004, she inked a record deal with Capitol Music Group, under which the Virgin Records imprint operates.

Concurrently, EMI Music Canada signed her in order to more effectively tap into the Canadian market. She later released singles such as Bounce With Me, and Don’t Call Me Baby.

In 2008, Don’t Call Me Baby topped the US Billboard Dance Charts. That same year she released her debut album Passion.

Other hits that followed include I Could Stay and Rock Paper Scissors. Turner released her a double disc, Tropic Electric in November 2011.

Nick Chats With Jamaican Observer on Kreesha Turner and More

American actor/television personality Nick Cannon is currently in Jamaica trying get a first-hand taste and feel of the island as he seeks to promote his latest charge Kreesha Turner.

The Wild ‘N Out personality, who is on his first trip to the island, is here to soak in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the island in order to inform himself as he works with Turner, who was born in Canada and raised in Jamaica. She fuses reggae and dancehall music with other influences to arrive at her sound.

“From the moment I met Kreesha, she kept telling me about Jamaica… I had been to some of the other islands, but not Jamaica… so I had to come see what it’s all about,” Cannon told the Jamaica Observer’s editors and reporters yesterday at the weekly Monday Exchange at the Beechwood Avenue offices in the Corporate Area.

“We are here supporting Kreesha’s project, exploring the culture to make sure I touch the people in a real way,” he added.

Cannon and Turner are in the island promoting her single Sexy Gal, which also features dancehall quartet T.O.K. Turner is signed to his Ncredible Entertainment label.

Cannon disclosed that he would like to work with local acts, but is new to the culture and therefore is taking it slow.

“Right now, I’m paying attention to who’s picking up in the clubs and dances because I always want to get it right. However, right now, my focus is to get Kreesha popping here in Jamaica. I believe in authenticity and being organic so I’m just paying attention and getting more engulfed in the culture before making any move like that,” he stated.

He is committed to getting Turner to mainstream and, therefore, is not looking to sign another female act from Jamaica at this time in order to prevent conflicts of interest.

Cannon’s Jamaican recce has seen him enjoying lobster on the beach at Hellshire in Portmore, St Catherine; Wet Sundaze — a weekly party on Hillview Avenue in St Andrew — and was set to take in Mojito Mondays at Susie’s on Constant Spring Road in St Andrew on Monday night.

In addition to speaking on Kreesha and her project Nick also asked on his take on what is happening in the U.S. with Ferguson.



Nick Experiences The “Real” London

A month ago Nick traveled to Europe to begin shooting the NBC re-boot of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” for which he’s been tapped to host.

Check out the just released interview he did while there as he got to experience the “real” London.

Here’s a fun fact you probably won’t know about multi-millionaire rapper, comedian, producer and actor Nick Cannon: he has his own brand of ties. This is something he tells me very proudly, holding out the one he’s wearing. He turns it over and the label says a variant on Nick Cannon: The Collection in cursive script. “You like that?” he says doing the sexy/smug emoji face, “I’ll send you a box for your birthday.”

The plan for this interview was to get fancy food delivered to his hotel room, but after five minutes of deliberation in the lobby, he said he wanted a feel for the “real” London. Somehow it was decided that we should all get a black cab to a chicken shop in South London. Nick was wearing a three-piece grey suit with purple trimmings and matching lilac brogues, surrounded by a small entourage of people dressed just as dapperly.

Most people know Nick from Wild ‘N Out, the MTV sketch show where improvised games are played with hip-hop stars and comics. But then again he’s pretty much the Del Boy of showbiz so you might know him as a film star, rapper, entrepreneur, record producer, label executive, radio personality, recent divorcee of Mariah Carey or just famous for being really, really famous.

We hailed a cab and he told me he was super tired. “Usually I wouldn’t drink caffeine but since being in London I drink tea,” he replied. “I’ve been wired this whole time. I have sugar tea. Sugar breakfast tea.” How many sugars? “Ten. I always need ten sugars.”

On the way we chatted about his new show he’s here filming, the revamped version of Robin Leach’s Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous. On it he’s living the life of the super-rich and reporting back. “I’ve done everything. I’ve tasted the world’s most expensive hamburger, which is almost $2,000 here in London at a place called Honky Tonk Bar. I went truffle hunting in France. There’s a pig that finds them, trained to hunt them out.” I asked him if he tried a truffle. “Yeah, of course. What? Have you never had like truffle pasta or truffle French fries?” Um, no. I eat most of my meals out of microwaveable plastic.

Speaking of money, I asked him what he thinks about being garishly loaded and doing a show investigating the lives of rich and famous people. Let’s be honest, it’s bit like Good Charlotte singing about wanting to see celebrities living on the street, when the members Benji and Joel are constantly bowling around Beverly Hills with Paris and Nicole, sinking JD from golden goblets. “Well, it’s different because I’m the everyday rich and famous guy,” he responds. “I can relate to all ends. I wasn’t born rich and famous – I still have the same mentality as when I grew up so I try not to be a frivolous spender like some of these posh guys.”

From there our conversation went like this:

Noisey: So, give us an example of one of these posh guys?
Nick: Piers Morgan.

You don’t like him?
Nick:I can’t stand Piers Morgan.

I don’t like him either.
Then we have something in common. I worked with him for several years, and we butt heads a lot. I have Twitter beef with him all the time.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned from rich people?
If you have money and can think it up, you can have it. Even ridiculous shit. They just buy stuff because they have the money. But they have this attitude: hey, it’s my money, I earned it, I’m gonna spend it.

If you could have something ridiculous what would it be?
I do have ridiculous things. I own a pair of two million dollar shoes, with DIAMONDS!

Flashy. Do you wear them?
Only on special occasions.

What exactly do they look like?
Diamond shoes. Google it.

Sounds like Liberace.
It’s better than Liberace. Liberace never had two million dollar shoes. He had rhinestones. I have diamonds. Tom Ford custom diamond shoes.

Do you feel like a serious big dick player when you wear them?
Absolutely. I am going to coin that phrase. I AM A BDP.

By the time it’s decided he’s a BDP, we get dropped off at the chicken shop. People come over after a few minutes and ask to take pictures with him. He’s happy to oblige and gets down and dirty with the poses. I decide we should take a selfie to commemorate our trip and proceed to take the most strained celebrity selfie ever to see the reverse iPhone camera. (Seriously, look into the stiff, dead eyes of a man who’s been approached by in excess of 50,000 people for a picture.)

We order food and Nick gets two beef patties, sticky BBQ wings and French fries. It’s a lot, but he says he likes to fill up before DJing and he has a set later tonight. DJing aside, he says he doesn’t really care about his own music anymore. “I’ve made a lot of money in music. Even as a DJ. But that’s always been a secondary thing.” Secondary to what? “I’ve always been a business man first. Now I can be so many people I’ve looked up to: the Diddys, the Quincy Joneses of the world, and people I’ve admired, like Simon Cowell.”

I test his Simon Cowell likeness against the TV playing music videos in the corner of the shop. If you were Simon would you sign 1D? “Um. I think they seem like really nice guys.” Enough said. Next is an Ed Sheeran video. “Now he is really talented. Really talented. Find me someone with a guitar that can write songs like that and I wanna sign them.” So if any Sheeran wannabes are reading this, know this: the big dick player is looking for you. Next is 5SOS and in a relatively diverting response Nick tells me he loves heavy rock, and Metallica.

Someone in the chicken shop really smells and it’s started to rain outside. Maybe we are having the authentic London experience after all.

Being posh won’t get you a look at the real London. Maybe you should start with a bus tour to cover touristy things.
Nah, I won’t even do the flute…the flube…the loop? Whatever it’s called. The tuba?

The tube? Too posh for that?
I’m not posh. I got in a taxi didn’t I?

A black cab is quite fancy.
Oh really?

Yeah, we don’t really take them. Or at least, average people don’t.
Oh. So how do you know how to get anywhere?

We use the tuba. Or we walk. Sometimes these black cabs don’t like coming south of the river.
So, South London – that’s the hood?

Mmm, kinda.
So where in the hood are you from?

I was born in Tooting.
Nick: So we’re kinda taking you home right now.
Nick’s PR: Nick took you for Jamaican food and then took you home. You remember that.

I will remember that. Nick Cannon took me to a chicken shop. He’s fun in real life, just like you’d hope a comedian would be. Just with a butt-load more money and a slightly anxious aura, that probably comes from the fact that he’s had zero sleep, a load of ten-sugar teas, a crazy work schedule and he’s on the back nine of a pretty publicised divorce.
We spend the remainder of our South London time together with him modeling his lilac brogues for me. He’s really very proud of them and so he should be, they’re jazzy. Once the food had come, it was time for Nick’s nap back at the hotel before an early morning as DJ Nick Cannon. He and his entourage went, into the fleet of black cabs, leaving me cold and wet, holding bags of Jamaican food on the pavement, setting off to catch the tuba.




Nick Hits Up Sugar Factory NY

Nick Cannon joined us with his two kids, Moroccan and Monroe. They feasted on a ton of our appetizers, especially enjoying our popcorn shrimp, french fries, mac and cheese lollipops and chicken fingers. They couldn’t help but finish off their meal with our World Famous King Kong Sundae.

Nick couldn’t leave without peeking into our shop and picking up some goodies on the way out. You can see him sporting one of our newest addition to the Couture Pop Collection, the Black Playboy Couture Pop, and of course, some candy for the little ones. The kids got some Mike & Ikes, as well as some delicious Jawbreakers.


Nick Cannon to Host 1st PEOPLE Magazine Awards

Nick Cannon is officially the host with the most.

The star will headline the first-ever PEOPLE Magazine Awards, a two-hour special spotlighting the year in pop culture.

“Looking forward to an amazing night and hopefully this will launch a new category for PEOPLE to name me Sexiest Host Alive in 2015,” he said.

Cannon, 34, certainly knows his way around Hollywood: the actor, rapper and comedian has plenty of hosting experience from his days on MTV’s Wild N Out and his current gig with America’s Got Talent.

Plus, singer Josh Groban, actor Ryan Guzman, model Kate Upton and The Mindy Project’s Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina are set to join the night’s slate of star attendees like Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jennifer Lopez.

The awards, presented in collaboration with NBC and Dick Clark Productions, will also offer ample opportunity to rock out with performances by both 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5.

Tune in to the People Magazine Awards on Dec. 18 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC, and don’t forget to vote for the Best PEOPLE Magazine Cover of the Year by Tweeting us with the hashtag #PEOPLEMagazineAwards.