As young hip-hop legends go, Bow Wow is inarguably the crowned prince of rap. No one has been co-signed by more moguls in music’s modern era: Discovered by Snoop Dogg, signed by Jermaine Dupri, embraced by Birdman, befriended by Hov, and mentored by Puffy. Now referenced by his adult name and title Shad Moss with increasing regularity, Bow Wow remains the brand – and that brand is embodied by one of the few multi-talented entertainers capable of mind-setting their way from productions in film and television to projects in music and other magnate moves with a forward-thinking fluidity few others have foreseen. Now, at 31-years-bossin’ Bow is hip-hop’s transformer, an optimist in his prime.
Bow Wow rescued 106 & Park. He did, real talk. Ya’ll know it. When former stage mainstays Rocsi Diaz and Terrence J left the series to pursue other endeavors, Bow and media darling Angela Simmons stepped up to the plate and made the popular show with a shrinking audience an even bigger global hit with over 85 million viewers tuning in to watch those two turn-up. Having already starred in a number of box office films including “Like Mike”, “Johnson Family Vacation”, “Roll Bounce”, “The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift”, “Lottery Ticket”, “Scary Movie 5”, and “Allegiance”, the actor truly impressed fans when showing his range on the small screen, joining the storied CSI franchise as character Brody Nelson in “CSI Cyber”. As actors go, he’s more than likely found headlining dramedy genre movies or co-starring in something sci-fi, like The CW’s “Smallville”. Less character actor and more of a magnanimous persona often seen on screen, Bow is a major role away from stardom – but music has always seemed to be his primary focus. This hasn’t changed. He hasn’t changed it. The guy is an actor who doesn’t always act like it, largely because rap’s how he arrived, what he’s driven, why he has a lane of his own, and where his own major label parking space titled ‘Creative Control’ is positioned. Bow Wow will always have rap to rely on, but if we’re fortunate, film is his future.
“Greenlight 6”, known as G6, is set for release sometime this summer. The DJ Drama hosted mixtape offers 20 or so tracks of what promises to be the artist at his most vulnerable, honest, and uninhibited. The lead single Yeah has received over 1M streams on Spotify alone.