Stella Dimoko Bow Wow Announces His Retirement From Rap and Final Album


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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Bow Wow Announces His Retirement From Rap and Final Album

He started out as Lil Bow Wow, then dropped the “Lil” when he matured and moved into acting and now he’s hanging it up entirely. 

After wrapping up an Australian tour, Bow Wow (born Shad Moss) announced on Sunday in a series of tweets that he’s giving up the mic at age 29, but not before releasing one last album.

 “Retirement only means that it is time for a new adventure,”
 he wrote in an Instagram on Sunday, in which he noted that he’s sold more than 10 million albums during his career and that, as promised years ago, he’s retiring from the rap game before age 30.

Bow Wow began rapping at age six and attracted the attention of Snoop Dogg, who gifted him with the name Lil Bow Wow. A few years later producer Jermaine Dupri took the then-11-year-old rapper under his wing, releasing his debut album in 2000, Beware the Dog, which featured a collabo with Snoop, “Bow Wow (That’s My Name),” as well as the hit “Bounce With Me” (featuring Xscape) and “Puppy Love” with Jagged Edge. He followed with the No. 1 platinum album Doggy Bag in 2002, the year he aced the “Lil” from his stage name.

Then came Unleashed in 2003, Wanted in 2005 and The Price of Fame a year later. The rapper teamed with Omarion for a collabo album, Face Off, in 2007, which, like the previous two albums, charted lower than his earlier efforts. His most recent album wasNew Jack City II from 2009, which featured tracks with Soulja Boy, Nelly, Dupri, T.I., T-Pain and Trey Songz. After promoting a new album on Cash Money Records for several years, Bow Wow announced last year that he’d split with the label and signed with Bad Boy Records. 

Given his long history in the game, the series of Sunday tweets included an extended list of accomplishments, including his claims that he’s made more than $20 million off rapping and, you know, he got invited to the White House, so…
In addition to three new unnamed TV shows he’s working on – Bow Wow said he’s “focusing on acting and hosting,” as well as producing two TV shows this year. 

The rapper frequently stepped away from music to act, starting out on TV shows likeMoesha, then making his big screen debut in Like Mike in 2002 and then appearing in the films Roll Bounce, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Hurricane Season, Lottery Ticket and Scary Movie 5, all while continuing to do spots on TV shows including Ugly Betty, Entourage and Smallville. He also hosted BET’s 106th & Park for two years. 

Now that he’s moving on, the rapper said he’s prepping his final album, NYLTH, which he said is being executive produced by himself and Snoop and which will be bundled with a movie; no release date has been announced for the album.

Not for nothing, but this is the second time Bow Wow has announced his retirement, following on the heels of a 2009 interview in which he said he was hanging it up. “There’s nothing more that I want to accomplish,” he said back then at age 22.

culled -Billboard

He started early and he is tired.wish him luck...that is if he retires oh cos they can change


  1. Replies
    1. He has long retired, this is just formalities.

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    2. Retiring from what exactly? 106andPark? Can't be rap because last song I can rmbr of him is the song he was doing the gogo shake as Lil bow wow. The public has retired him from rap a long time ago

    3. Awww. It's about time to be honest. I had the biggest crush on Bow wow. I used to fantasize that he and Lil Romeo were fighting for my attention. That was over 15 year ago. How time flies.
      "B-Bad,O-Outstanding. W-Everybody knows am the wickedest."
      I wish him the best.

  2. Good for him, guess this last album would be what he wishes

  3. Abeg he no need to announce am....Me ma seff don declare him rap music dead tay tay's good he made it official now

    Nonsense n ingredients


  4. Fine boy with money- correct
    Naija SDK s n m guys, broke ass n over the top picky - non sense

  5. His rap career is He is doing the right thing..Like dude doesnt have a choice...

  6. Didn't he retire already over a decade ago??

    1. yes oo,the only thing dis big head can retire from is retirement itself

  7. errrrm why na are you not too young to retire? could be some kinda stunt.dude is fine, i wont mind allowing him to hang my leg on the window. *side eyes at lee boo*

  8. Eya....its see how its goes.

  9. Bow wow no dey sing again na!

  10. All the best bow wow...bow wow wow hippy yo hippy yea....
    Hope i got it right

  11. Talent has finished I guess. I hope he got his gratuity

  12. Thanks for making it official.. I knew you retired long long ago. Good luck

  13. Just retiring, thought for long

  14. good for him... abii did it change fuel price for us here


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