BOW WOW: THE RAPPER, THE ACTOR, THE STAR

Tasting super stardom at the tender age regarding thirteen, Shad Gregory Moss, better known as Bow Wow, has created a special name for himself in the ever competitive rap industry. Born on March 9th, 1987, Bow Wow became interested in rap as early as age three. By the time he was six, he had already begun performing under the name “Kid Gangsta”, He was given his stage name “Bow Wow” by the rap superstar Snoop dogg, when he noticed the young talent performing at a concert in Los Angeles in 1993.

This little talent powerhouse was discovered by Jermaine Dupri. In 1998, when he was only eleven years old, Bow Send met the record producer, who helped shape his career. Under the guidance of Dupri — who had previously guided other kid rappers, namely Kris Kross et al Da Brat, to mainstream success — and songwriter/producer Bryan-Michael Cox, the young rapper was primed for success. In the year 2000, he launched his career with his intro album named “Beware of Dog” neath the stage identify Lil’ Submit Wow. It featured superhit Bow Wow songs like “Bounce with Me” (in collaboration with the girl group Xscape), “Bow Wow (That’s My Name)” featuring Snoop Dogg, “Puppy Love”, and “Ghetto Girls”. The album went double platinum, establishing his base in the fashionable hop industry et alii creating a strong fan following for him. It has sold over 3 million copies since its release. The soundtrack to the movie Fierce Wild West featured his song “The Stick Up” with his mentor Jermaine Dupri.

However, in later years, he struggled to rival his premiere success. He still persevered impressively and released a series of albums that met varying degrees of commercial success. In 2002, his second album “Doggy Bag” was released plus singles “Take Ya Home” and “Thank You” with Jagged Edge. The album went platinum peaking at #11 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. Around this decade he finally decided to drop the ‘lil’ from his name, officially changing it to “Bow Wow”. Bow Wow pictures appeared all over the media and the internet with his changed name and image. He himself told MTV News: “I changed my name because I’m getting older now and it’s too many Lil’s.”

In addition to his music career, Bow Wow also found regular work in Hollywood, beginning plus Like Mike (2002), a star vehicle for which he recorded a soundtrack. His most prominent film appearances include Johnson Family Vacation (2004), Roll Bounce (2005), and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006). His ulterior albums were also successful, though not as much as his first. Various Bow Wow music videos have made the charts including the highly acclaimed Bow Wow music video for the song “let me hold you” which won a MTV Video Music Awards Japan nomination in 2006. The hits continued for Bow Wow in the later years with his stardom refusing to lapse down. He is one true superstar.