Bow Wow is a $1.5 million net worth American rapper and actor. Bow Wow rose to prominence in the music industry when he published his debut album at the age of 13. He was known as “Lil’ Bow Wow.” back then. Bow Wow moved into acting after attaining fame in music.
Bow Wow’s true name is Shad Gregory Moss, and he was born in Columbus, Ohio on March 9, 1987. He was creating his own raps under the alias “Kid Gangsta.” by the age of six. Early influences on Moss’s upbringing included the N.W.A. Bow Wow was given the opportunity to play on stage in Los Angeles during this time. Snoop Dogg was in the audience that day and was amazed by the young rapper’s skills. Snoop Dogg dubbed Moss “Lil’ Bow Wow.” after they met after the show. The moniker stayed.
Snoop Dogg had yet to release his debut album at the time, so he invited Lil’ Bow Wow to appear on one of the tunes. “Doggystyle,” the album, was released in late 1993. Lil’ Bow Wow appeared on the track “Gz and Hustlas,” which was his first professional musical encounter. Later that year, he appeared on “The Arsenio Hall Show” and as a result, he became more well-known.
It would be another five years before he met Jermaine Dupri, a producer who took a personal interest in molding the 11-year-old into a finished product. After writing a song for the soundtrack of “Wild Wild West” in 1999, Lil’ Bow Wow was ready to release his debut album as a 13-year-old in 2000. “Beware of the Dog,” was the album’s title, and it included singles like “Bounce With Me” and “Bow Wow.” Snoop Dogg appeared on the latter tune, which topped the rap charts, extending the two rappers’ friendship. The album did unusually well for Lil’ Bow Wow’s debut, selling over 2 million copies in less than a year. The album eventually sold more than 3 million copies, earning it platinum certification.
In 2002, Lil’ Bow Wow made two major changes: he changed his name to “Bow Wow” and released his second album, “Doggy Bag.” Bow Wow claimed that he changed his name because there were too many rappers with the “Lil” prefix, and he also felt like he was becoming older. “Doggy Bag” did successfully, reaching number eleven on the Billboard Top 200 and achieving platinum certification for the second time. The album included songs like “Take Ya Home.” Bow Wow’s “Basketball,” which appeared on the soundtrack to “Like Mike” was another significant single in 2002.
Bow Wow released “Unleashed,” in 2003, which contained collaborations with musicians such as Birdman, Mario, and Amerie. Although it peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 200 and sold 129,000 units in its first week, the album got mixed reviews. Bow Wow’s next album, “Wanted” was released in 2005, and it featured a variety of cooperating artists, including Omarion. “Wanted” debuted at number three on the Billboard Top 200 and sold 120,000 units in its first week, identical to “Unleashed,” Soon after, in 2006, came “The Price of Fame” which featured Chris Brown and T-Pain. This album debuted at number six on the Billboard Top 200 and sold 262,000 copies in its first week.
Bow Wow released “New Jack City II” in 2009 after collaborating with Omarion on a collaboration album in 2007. This was Bow Wow’s first album to contain a parental advisory warning, as it tackled topics like as drug use. He also signed with Cash Money Records that year. This proved to be the beginning of the end for Bow Wow, at least in terms of his musical career. Despite appearing on tracks by other artists and releasing mixtapes over the next few years, he would repeatedly declare and then delay his next album – which never materialized. Bow Wow eventually changed his rap identity back to his given name, Shad Moss. In addition, he would leave Cash Money Records without ever releasing an album with them.
Despite later signing with P. Diddy’s record label, Bad Boy Records, he announced his retirement from rap after one more album release. Fans were dissatisfied that the album had not yet been published in 2019. Shad Moss did, however, work on a mixtape with Soulja Boy in 2016.
Career in Acting/Hosting
Bow Wow’s decision to leave music was motivated in part by his desire to pursue a career in acting and hosting. Having said that, Bow Wow has been acting from the outset of his music career, beginning with a role in 2002’s “Like Mike.” “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.” was one of his most noteworthy roles. He has also appeared in a number of television episodes, including “Smallville” and “Entourage.”
Bow Wow has also had a successful career as a television personality and host. Bow Wow took over as host of BET’s “106 and Park.” in 2013. In 2014, it was canceled. Bow Wow began presenting “RnB Friday Nights,” an Australian show, in 2016.
Legal and Financial Concerns
After months of disputing the rumor, Bow Wow acknowledged in July 2011 that he fathered a child named Shai with his ex-girlfriend. Bow Wow told a judge in an October 2012 court proceeding about child support for Shai that he made only $4,000 per month and had $1,500 in his checking account. He was eventually sentenced to pay $11,500 in overdue child support and $3,000 each month going forward.
Bow Wow owes the IRS nearly $90,000 a year ago, according to TMZ. According to TMZ, Bow Wow has had a $200,000 Bentley and a $220,000 Ferrari repossessed by separate debtors in the last few years. According to TMZ, Bow Wow still owes a luxury car leasing company $280,000.
|Net Worth:||$1.5 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Mar 9, 1987|
|Height:||5 ft 6 in (1.7 m)|
|Profession:||Record producer, Actor, Singer, Rapper, Artist, Television Show Host, Musician, Music artist|
|Nationality:||United States of America|