story of Bow Wow (formerly known as Lil' Bow Wow) is a truly remarkable tale. Not just
another kid rapper, Bow Wow is the new millennium's prince
of hip-hop. Known as Shad by his friends, this Columbus, Ohio, native is
known for rapping 16 consecutive bars of pure rhyme sharper and
faster than rappers from both the old and new school.
Bow Wow is a veteran
in the rap game. At age 6, the young rapper made his first stage
appearance on the Chronic Tour, where he impressed rapper
with talent well beyond his age. Called back to Snoop's dressing room a
few hours later, he was dubbed Lil' Bow Wow by Snoop, and hired
as the opening act for the tour.
Since then, Bow Wow has already made guest appearances on
Snoop Dogg's "Doggystyle," Will Smith's "Wild Wild West,"
and Jermaine Dupri's "Big Momma's House."
He has been featured in a number of magazines, including
Esquire, Vibe, and People. His photo has even been spread on millions of
free book covers that Dr. Pepper produced for schools.
"He reminds me of a young Michael Jackson,"
says Dupri of his charge. "When Michael was 6 or 7
years old, he was so mature when it came to his work. But when he was
off the stage he was 100% a child. Bow Wow is a real little kid, but
when it's time to work he transforms into a grown person. He's one of
those gifted children."
Bow Wow as gifted as Kris Kross, his
first teen discovery, so he expects big things to come from "Beware
of Dog," Lil' Bow Wow's So So Def/Columbia debut disc, which
features Dupri, Da Brat and more surprise guests. Dupri and Da Brat have
penned profanity-free lyrics for Bow Wow because, as Dupri explains,
"These days in rap, kids don't have any role models. I knew it was
time for him to come out because little girls from 11 to 16 don't have
anybody that they can claim as their own. Nobody is putting time into
making an artist for them. I want Bow Wow to represent a young
It's a throne Bow Wow is willing, ready and
able to accept. With his neat cornrows and his platinum and diamond
Mickey Mouse pendant (a gift from Dupri) swinging around his neck, he's
got the hip-hop superstar look down pat. His upbeat tracks will have
people bopping their heads and bouncing from beginning to end.
His 2000 debut CD, "Beware
of Dog," has been certified double platinum (2 million sold).
Hit songs include --
- Bounce With Me
- Bow Wow (That's My Name)
- I'm A Flirt
- Let Me Hold You
- Like You
- Shortie Like Mine
- Outta My System
- Fresh Azimiz
- Let's Get Down
- Ghetto Girls
- My Baby
- Take Ya Home
- Hey Baby (Jump Off)
- Puppy Love
- Thank You
Bow Wow may be available for your next special event!
Born: ..in Ohio
Mar 9, 1987
Based: ..in Georgia