By Jordan Kizmann
Nick Cannon’s latest release, “White People Party Music” is a parody album that’s all about making fun of “white” popular dance music. Connor Smallnut, a character portrayed by Cannon was the influence for the making of this album. Cannon dressed in white face as Connor Smallnut for the promotion of his new album. Comments on YouTube and Twitter reveal that some people are offended by Cannon’s jokes and call him a racist for producing this album but Cannon’s purpose in creating this parody music is to make fun of the shallow music that seems to be so popular today.
Cannon has a history of creating parody music. He has hosted popular shows on MTV like Wild N’ Out, where people would make fun of each other through rap battles. His new album clearly does the same thing by making fun of the shallow dance music that appears to be so popular today. Songs like “Phucking Awesome” and “So Turnt Up” poke fun at the party terms and bad music that Cannon believes young white people listen to. Cannon claims that white people were the inspiration for this album because white people know how to party. One of his songs, “White Lady” is making fun of the stereotype that white people can’t dance and can’t find the beat to a song. While the white community does not favor this stereotype, Cannon reveals that his purpose is humor, not hate.
This album works as a parody because some of the songs are catchy, but have shallow lyrics, like many songs that are popular today. Cannon’s music lyrics are anything but clever, however, dedicating 17 album songs to making fun of a generation attracted to shallow music proves that he is trying to send a message. This message being directed toward the popular yet lyrically meaningless party music. Cannon’s album, though may be offensive to some, is humorous and pokes fun at the superficial dance music that appears to be so popular today.