Bow Wow
Bow Wow
Shad Gregory Moss, better known by his stage name Bow Wow (formerly Lil' Bow Wow), is an American rapper and actor. As Lil' Bow Wow, he released his first album, Beware of Dog in 2000 at age 13, which was followed by Doggy Bag 2001. In 2003, Bow Wow released his third album Unleashed, which was the first album released without using Lil' in his name. Bow Wow made his first movie appearance in All About the Benjamins, in 2002 as a cameo.
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Tuesday's Morning Email: Another GOP Senator Denounces Trump
Huffington Post - 7 months
TOP STORIES GOP SENATOR TAKES AIM AT DONALD TRUMP Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) made one of the "strongest declarations against Trump by a sitting Republican lawmaker." Read her full column here. And 50 Republican national security advisors also penned a brutal open letter that eviscerated Trump. [Marina Fang, HuffPost] LILLY KING BRINGS HOME THE GOLD After wagging her finger at Russian Yulia Efimova for doping allegations, King was able to follow through by beating her for the gold in the 100-meter breaststroke. The media is under fire for some of its sexist coverage this Olympics. The internet loved Michael Phelps' stern pump-up face yesterday. The USA women's field hockey pulled off another huge upset. A second boxer has been arrested on sexual assault charges in the Olympic village. Here's what to watch for tonight, from the women's gymnastics team competitionto more Phelps and Katie Ledecky. And follow along with HuffPost's latest Olympics coverage here. [Lee ...
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Rapper Bow Wow retiring makes Internet laugh
CNN - 7 months
Shad Moss was 13 years old in 2000 when he released his first album as rapper Lil' Bow Wow.
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Bow Wow announces his retirement at 29: 'I just can't see myself at 30 years old rapping'
LATimes - 7 months
Rapper-actor Bow Wow, a.k.a. Shad Moss, sent out a series of tweets over the weekend announcing his retirement from rap 16 years after getting started as teenage hip-hop prodigy. "I always said I'd retire from music before 30," Moss, 29, said in one of the tweets. "I just can't see myself at 30...
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Here Are Some Dudes Who Live Their Lives (And Sometimes Bone) As Puppies
Huffington Post - 9 months
A new documentary deals with a group of people who doggedly pursue desires that might be unusual to many others. It's called "The Secret Lives Of The Human Pups" and focuses on the world of "puppy players," a subset of the BDSM community that finds pleasure in dressing up and pretending to be dogs. "Puppy play" attracts a wide variety of people, but most are gay males with a interest in leather and who also enjoy having their stomach rubbed or their ears being tickled. The participants get a sexual thrill out of "puppy play," doing things like playing with chew toys, eat out of bowls and wear dog-life hoods, according to the Guardian. But dressing up like a dog doesn't always lead to boning, according to a puppy player known only as "Kaz." “People automatically jump to the conclusion that this is gear we wear to have sex. I used to get asked awful questions like, if I liked having sex with dogs," he said. "But it’s certainly not that, and it’s not always sexual. Member ...
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Bow Wow's Grammys Fail Was So Perfectly Awkward
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Sure, Adele seemed to have some issues with the sound, and the performances were kind of ... meh ... but for Bow Wow, Grammys night was just ruff.  The rapper/actor was in charge of kicking off the show on Monday, and he impressively nailed his line: "The 58th annual Grammy Awards are getting ready to start ... now!" It was confident. It was smooth. And, unfortunately, it was about a minute and a half too early.  It's cool, though. Bow Wow kept it together as he bought some time and successfully kicked it to the show once again. And -- good news -- that time around, it was only about 58 seconds early.  Like a true professional, the rapper thanked CBS for the opportunity and commented on Instagram that he "powered through (even though time was off)." The actor also announced he'd be back at the Grammys next year. (Bringing hosts back who've been a part of fails is apparently a theme, thanks to Steve Harvey.) So congrats, Bow ...
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Justin Bieber Invites Controversy With Cornrow Pic
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin's Instagram nonsense has reached new levels. After posting a pic of their sweaty make-out session -- confirming rumors that something more than friendship was brewing between the twosome -- Bieber threw up a new photo on his Instagram that's got some claiming cultural appropriation.  In the uncomfortable photo, the pop star sports freshly braided cornrows next to Baldwin and an unidentified woman. "Hailey made me get corn rows like an absolute douche bag, these will be off tomorrow trust me Danny," he captioned the photo.  Hailey made me get corn rows like an absolute douche bag, these will be off tomorrow trust me Danny A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Jan 4, 2016 at 11:35am PST Bieber's tone was a bit less apologetic in a different pic posted to his Shots account."Wanted these since like Mike.. Island flow," he captioned a close-up selfie of his braids.  Agreed. "Like Mike" is a cinematic ...
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Justin Bieber Invites Controversy With Cornrow Pic
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin's Instagram nonsense has reached new levels. After posting a pic of their sweaty make-out session -- confirming rumors that something more than friendship was brewing between the twosome -- Bieber threw up a new photo on his Instagram that's got some claiming cultural appropriation.  In the uncomfortable photo, the pop star sports freshly braided cornrows next to Baldwin and an unidentified woman. "Hailey made me get corn rows like an absolute douche bag, these will be off tomorrow trust me Danny," he captioned the photo.  Hailey made me get corn rows like an absolute douche bag, these will be off tomorrow trust me Danny A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Jan 4, 2016 at 11:35am PST Bieber's tone was a bit less apologetic in a different pic posted to his Shots account."Wanted these since like Mike.. Island flow," he captioned a close-up selfie of his braids.  Agreed. "Like Mike" is a cinematic trea ...
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Ease on Down Atlantic Ave and Shop Small for the Holidays: The Wiz Edition !
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I was coming fresh off the nostalgia after watching the 1978 movie classic, "The Wiz." It is one of those movies that captures my attention every single time I come across it flipping through the TV channels. Imagine your favorite basketball team playing in the finals and it is the last 10 seconds of the game. The opponents are in the lead by only two points, the clock is ticking, out of timeouts, down to 3 seconds and the leading scorer of your team takes a miraculous 3 point jump shop leap of faith. It looks like it could be all net, his team mates are on the sideline yielding a prophetic winning smile, almost slow motion, a victory is in store...Will it go in?!!! And then I push the "last" button on the TV remote because I was flipping channels back and forth throughout the entire game, making sure I did not miss the scene where Diana, I mean Dorothy kills the evil witch and everyone sings that awe-inspiring tune, "Everybody Rejoice." And honey child, when Lena Horn ...
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Annual Festivity -- My 'Best Corrections and Apologies,' 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
MY YEAR-END SCHADENFREUDE-FEST has rolled around again, all too soon. It's been a pretty good year for some arresting media corrections and apologies. And some telling non-apologies. In London The Times has been getting its international and religious history wrong - VERY wrong: CORRECTION: Karol Wojtyla (remember the civilian name for John Paul II?) was referred to in Saturday's 'Credo' column as "the first non-Catholic pope for 450 years". This should, of course, have read "non-Italian". We apologize for the error. That really is just the quaintest of errors to make. You'll remember of course the old rhetorical question: 'Is the Pope Catholic?' Evidently someone at The Times of London thought it was still debatable. Just by the by ... I once, a long time ago, happened to run a department for a British network television TV company making journalistic programs about religion and ethics - and we called our weekly flag-ship program Credo. I'm now glad to see The Ti ...
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Jimmy John's 'Oppressive' Noncompete Agreement Survives Court Challenge
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
The use of restrictive noncompete agreements with low-wage workers may have made a laughingstock of Jimmy John's last year, but so far the sandwich chain is doing just fine defending those agreements in court. This week a federal judge in Illinois declined to grant an injunction that would have prevented Jimmy John's franchisees from trying to enforce the noncompete agreements. As The Huffington Post first reported in October, the agreement is quite shocking in its scope. An employee who signs it agrees not to work for a competitor -- defined as any business that derives at least 10 percent of its sales from sandwiches and that is located within three miles of any Jimmy John's outlet -- for a period of two years following the employee's departure from Jimmy John's. If enforced, the restriction would severely limit the erstwhile employees' sandwich-making opportunities, effectively blacklisting them from whole cities for a period of time -- as this map demonstrates. It would a ...
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Bow-wow V-Day: Every dog has a date
The Times of India - about 3 years
Going out for candle-light dinner, gifting flowers, chocolates are now all passé.Now couples are organizing dinner events for their pets, and dressing them up for dates on Valentine's Day.     
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bow Wow
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 28
    In 2016, Bow Wow was involved in a controversy on Twitter when he told his followers that he had decided not to vote in the presidential election that year.
    More Details Hide Details In response to a suggestion that refusing to vote dishonors the struggle for civil rights in the United States, Moss said that he did not identify with the fight for civil rights because his heritage was "mixed" and not exclusively black. BET Awards Billboard Music Awards Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Black Reel Awards MTV Video Music Awards Japan NAACP Image Awards Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Soul Train Music Awards Teen Choice Awards Vibe Awards Young Artist Awards
    In 2016, Bow Wow began hosting a night time edition of the Australian Hit Network's radio show RnB Fridays, titled RnB Friday Nights.
    More Details Hide Details On March 28, 2012 it was announced Bow Wow was ordered by court to pay $3,000 a month in child support. On October 2, 2012, Bow Wow claimed he was broke and only making $4,000 dollars a month and only had $1,500 in his checking account. However the next day he signed on to be one of the four new co-hosts of BET's 106 & Park. Later on he would address this by saying; "One thing about me, I'm a smart guy. Very smart. Things that I do, are for reasons. Things that I don't do are for reasons. So for myself, I'm comfortable, very comfortable. For me, it's all about the work. But as far as rumors, those are people's opinions -- until you see me on a corner with a cardboard box saying I'll tap dance for food for canned goods, then you can say that broke."
    On August 7, 2016, Bow Wow officially announced that he is retiring from rapping and will release one more album titled NYLTH, which is tentatively scheduled for release in 2017.
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    He is currently working on his new album entitled Underrated and starred as Brody Nelson in CSI: Cyber until the show's cancellation in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Bow Wow was born Shad Gregory Moss in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Teresa Rena Caldwell (née Jones) and Alfonso Preston Moss. At age three, he became interested in rap. Under the moniker "Kid Gangsta", he began rapping recreationally at age six; he was also a fan of N.W.A at that age.
  • 2015
    Age 27
    On September 27, 2015, Bow Wow signed to Diddy's record label Bad Boy Records.
    More Details Hide Details He then named the members of his new management team and finished the post by writing, "Making money won't be the issue. Figuring out where to keep it all is another story!"
    In May 2015, with his long delayed album with Cash Money still without a release date, Bow Wow announced that he had amicably parted ways with Cash Money Records, so he may move on with his music career.
    More Details Hide Details He said, "I wanna dictate when my music come out. I'm tired of going to the studio to make records and then I listen to them. 'Cuz then they get old. Then when y'all ask for new music I don't wanna hear it 'cuz I've been listening to it for two or three months. I just can't be held up up by nobody. It's as simple as that. I got a daughter. I got a family I gotta provide for."
  • 2014
    Age 26
    On June 24, 2014, Bow Wow announced via Instagram that after 2014 BET Awards, he was going by his real name Shad Moss, claiming that he made a lot of history as Bow Wow, and that it was now time for "the next chapter and challenge".
    More Details Hide Details He stated that "Bow Wow" no longer fit with his new personality as he was now a father, host and actor, and he had matured from what he had been early on in his life.
  • 2013
    Age 25
    On August 10, 2013 via his official YouTube page Bow Wow stated the reason that Underrated had been delayed is due to him raising his daughter & waiting until he was more mature;, he also stated he planned on working & releasing the album after he turned 28.
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  • 2012
    Age 24
    On June 26, 2012, Bow Wow released the second single from the album entitled "We In Da Club" & was produced by DJ Mustard.
    More Details Hide Details The song went nowhere on any billboard charts, but the video was also another success on 106 & Park making it to the top of the countdown. The third single scheduled from the album was intended to feature Miguel that was entitled "Right Now". Later, there was an announcement that Universal Republic Records was going defunct; all of the artists on the roster that were moved from the label, including Bow Wow, were moved to Republic Records making the label itself revived.
    On May 18, 2012, after several delays, Bow Wow released the first single from the album entitled "Better" featuring T-Pain.
    More Details Hide Details The music video for the song was directed by Bow Wow's personal camera man Rico Da Crook & was a success on 106 & Park and made it to the top of the countdown.
    Bow Wow was forced to push the album back to an unspecified date in 2012 during mid-November 2011 because his touring schedule made it difficult to complete the record.
    More Details Hide Details Collaborators include T-Pain, Birdman, Jadakiss, Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, Miguel, Ace Hood, Tyga, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Machine Gun Kelly, Boyz II Men and many more.
    Bow Wow was forced to push the album back to an unspecified date in 2012 during mid-November 2011 because his touring schedule made it difficult to complete the record.
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    Underrated is the seventh studio album by American hip hop artist Bow Wow, set to be released through Cash Money Records and Universal Republic Records in summer of 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 23
    On October 24, 2011, Bow Wow released the single entitled "Sweat" featuring Lil Wayne, and though it was thought to be the first official single from the album it was also dubbed by Bow Wow as a promotional single.
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    On June 2, 2011, a song from his album called "I'm Da Man", which features Chris Brown, was leaked and wasn't the first official single from the album.
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    Bow Wow indicated in July 2011, that the record would be released on November 1st, 2011, but he was subsequently forced to push the album back to December 6th in order to clear sample material used on several of the record's tracks.
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  • 2010
    Age 22
    On November 1, 2010, Bow Wow released his first promotional single from the album entitled "Ain't Thinkin' 'Bout You" featuring Chris Brown.
    More Details Hide Details The music video was a success on 106 & Park and made the countdown in just 1 day. Two weeks later it peaked number 1 on the show's charts and remained number 1 for 3 days.
    The album has undergone several changes in its projected release date since it was first announced with a tentative 2010 release date when Bow Wow signed to Cash Money in 2009.
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    The album was untitled until December 2010 when Bow Wow was interviewed at Hot 106’s Holiday Hot Night.
    More Details Hide Details During the interview, Bow Wow added that the record's first single would be produced by Boi-1da. "Aint Thinkin About You" was indeed the album's first official single produced by Boi-1da & K-Mac. Bow Wow's first single was supposed to be "Sweat" featuring Lil Wayne, but in a recent tweet from Bow Wow, he announced that the first single will be "We In The Club". Then the single after will be "Better" featuring T-Pain. "We Going Hard" has been cut from the album,so he released the song for his fans to hear it (this will not appear). The song was replaced by a song he did with Tyga and Birdman. The track list is not correct anymore according to Bow Wow. He also stated in a interview that the song that he and Rick Ross were talking about in a webisode was never recorded because they were too busy.
    Underrated is Bow Wow's seventh studio album and his first album with Cash Money. This album discusses Bow Wow's life and how, despite wealth and fame, he can relate to others. The album has undergone several changes in its projected release date since it was first announced with a tentative 2010 release date when Bow Wow signed to Cash Money in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Bow Wow indicated in July 2011, that the record would be released on November 1, 2011, but he was subsequently forced to push the album back to December 6 in order to clear sample material used on several of the record's tracks.
  • 2009
    Age 21
    On July 4, 2009 his new song "I Know I'm The Shit" off his DJ Drama hosted Mixtape he makes a reference of him working on his new album Underrated and it is already in production.
    More Details Hide Details On August 16, Bow Wow announced his signing to Cash Money Records, joining an all-star roster that already includes Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne and Birdman, among others. Bow Wow planned to release his new then-titled album Underrated on Cash Money Records, but the record underwent a number of delays and in mid-November 2011, Bow Wow announced on his blog that the record wouldn't be out before 2012. The album was intended to feature with Birdman, Boyz II Men, Chris Brown, DJ Khaled, Fabolous, Game, Lil Wayne, Lloyd Banks, Meek Mill, Nas, Nelly, Sean Kingston, Snoop Dogg, DMX, Styles P and Talib Kweli. The first promo single being "For My Hood", featuring DJ Khaled & Sean Kingston.
    New Jack City II, his sixth album, was released in March 2009 and his first album to include a Parental Advisory: Steven Roberts of MTV News observed that this album explored "the influence of crack cocaine in inner-city communities" and featured such guests as T.I. Three promo singles were released in late 2008: "Marco Polo" featuring Soulja Boy, "Big Girls", and "Roc The Mic".
    More Details Hide Details The first official single, "You Can Get It All" featuring Johnta Austin, samples TLC's "Baby-Baby-Baby" and peaked at #55 on the Hot 100 and #9 on the Hot Rap Tracks.
  • 2008
    Age 20
    In October 2008, for the U.S. presidential election, Bow Wow led a 15-city "Walk Across America" event to register new voters.
    More Details Hide Details In 2014, during a charity flag-football game organized by Chris Brown, Bow Wow participated in a celebrity tribute to Ferguson, Missouri police-shooting victim Michael Brown.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2007
    Age 19
    Bow Wow and Omarion released a collaborative album on December 11, 2007, Face Off.
    More Details Hide Details The first single was "Girlfriend", which peaked at #33 on the Hot 100. The second single was "Hey Baby (Jump Off)". He released a mixtape title Half Man, Half Dog Vol. 1 that year. Half Man, Half Dog Vol. 2 was released as a sequel to the mixtape in February 2009.
  • 2006
    Age 18
    Bow Wow ended his relationship with Ciara in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details In 2006, The Price of Fame was released with the lead single "Shortie Like Mine", featuring Chris Brown, peaking at #9 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Rap Tracks. "Outta My System", which featured T-Pain, reflected on Bow Wow's break-up with Ciara. It peaked at #22 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Rap chart. The Price of Fame was certified gold.
  • 2004
    Age 16
    Bow Wow appeared on the remix of JoJo's single "Baby It's You" in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Wanted was released in 2005. Its first single was "Let Me Hold You", featuring Omarion, and peaked at #1 on the rap chart and #4 on the Hot 100. The next single, "Like You", featuring Ciara, coincided with the beginning of Bow Wow's relationship with the singer. "Fresh Azimiz", featured J-Kwon and Jermaine Dupri, followed and peaked at #23 on the Hot 100 and #6 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. The album was certified platinum. He also appeared on the remix of Dem Franchize Boyz' "I Think They Like Me", which peaked at #15 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Rap Tracks.
  • 2003
    Age 15
    The first album released under his new name was Unleashed in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Its first single was "Let's Get Down" featuring Birdman, the founder of Cash Money Records, which reached #14 on the Hot 100 and #6 on the Hot Rap Tracks charts. The second single was then released, "My Baby", featuring Jagged Edge. Unlike his previous albums, this one was not produced under the mentorship of Jermaine Dupri. Guest appearances include Jagged Edge, Birdman, Mario, and Amerie. Unleashed was certified gold on September 25, 2003.
  • 2002
    Age 14
    Bow Wow has made guest appearances on Brandy's TV sitcom, Moesha, as well as The Steve Harvey Show and Brothers Garcia. He made his acting debut in the film Like Mike which was released on July 3, 2002, in which he starred as a young orphan who gets a shot at playing in the NBA.
    More Details Hide Details Before Like Mike he made cameos in All About The Benjamins and "Carmen: A Hip Hopera". Bow Wow also co-starred with Cedric the Entertainer, Vanessa L. Williams, and Solange Knowles in Johnson Family Vacation. Since the success of Like Mike, Bow Wow has starred in several Hollywood films, including Roll Bounce, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Hurricane Season. He has also made guest appearances on Smallville and Ugly Betty. He was part of the cast of the fifth season of HBO's Entourage, playing Charlie an up-and-coming comedian, and Eric Murphy's newest client. He starred in a 2010 comedy film, Lottery Ticket, with Ice Cube. He is working on a documentary on his life entitled Who Is Shad Moss?; Bow Wow stated that the documentary goes all the way back when he was on Death Row Records and it was released in 2011.
    Bow Wow dropped the "Lil'" from his stage name in April 2002; he told MTV News: "I changed my name because I'm getting older now and it's too many Lil's.
    More Details Hide Details All these Lil' rappers, I'm just kind of getting real irritated by it. I said, 'You know what? Drop the Lil'. Forget it. I'm Bow Wow. Besides, I'm growing up, I'm not little anymore. just decided that two weeks ago. I really got irritable. It's all these Lil' cats, forget it. I'm Bow Wow now. Everything is just 'Bow Wow,' no 'Lil' Bow Wow.'"
    In 2002, his second album Doggy Bag was released with singles "Take Ya Home" which peaked at #72 on the Hot 100 and #21 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and "Thank You" with Jagged Edge, #1 on the R&B chart.
    More Details Hide Details Doggy Bag peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart and was certified platinum. Lil' Bow Wow performed the track "Basketball" for the soundtrack of his film Like Mike; that song peaked at #1 on the R&B and #25 on the rap chart.
  • 2000
    Age 12
    At the age of 13, in 2000 he debuted with Beware of Dog under the stage name Lil' Bow Wow.
    More Details Hide Details Its debut single was "Bounce with Me", which featured R&B girl group Xscape. The album also included "Bow Wow (That's My Name)" featuring Snoop Dogg, which topped the rap chart, "Puppy Love", and "Ghetto Girls". The Recording Industry Association of America certified Beware of Dog double platinum on March 5, 2001, signifying sales of two million copies. In a 2009 interview, the rapper claimed that the album had sold over 3 million copies since its release.
  • 1999
    Age 11
    In 1999, the soundtrack to the movie Wild Wild West featured his song "The Stick Up" with his mentor Jermaine Dupri.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1998
    Age 10
    In 1998, at the age of eleven, Bow Wow met record producer Jermaine Dupri, who helped shape his career.
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  • 1993
    Age 5
    In 1993, he performed at a concert in Los Angeles, and was noticed by rapper Snoop Dogg, who subsequently gave him a stage name, "Lil' Bow Wow".
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  • 1987
    Born
    Born on March 9, 1987.
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