Nick Cannon was born on 8 October 1980 in

San Diego, California. Ken was raised mostly by

His grandfather, whom he and

His biological father both called "Daddy

As a child, Cannon grew up in two

Vista housing projects in Lincoln Park

Gang-raid division in southeastern

San Diego. As a teenager, he was associated with

The "Lincoln Park Bloods" street gang

But said he withdrew his connection

After losing a close friend. In 1998

He graduated from Monte Vista High School in

Spring Valley, where he was president of

The African Student Alliance and competed in

Track and field. Canon got his first break from

Doing stand-up comedy on his father's local cable access program