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Bow Wow Biography

  • Profession: Actor, Featured Music
  • Born: Mar 9, 1987
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001
  • Birth Name: Shad Gregory Moss

Though he has since dropped the age restrictive "Lil'" for the more mature Bow Wow, this rapper-turned-actor stands tall on both stage and screen no matter what moniker he assumes. Born [[Performer~P369253~Shad Gregory Moss~shadmoss]] in Reynoldsburg, OH, Lil' Bow Wow dropped his first rhymes at the tender age of three, and after hooking up with producer [[Performer~P289568~Jermaine Dupri~jermainedupri]], the young rapper released his debut album, {^Beware of Dog}, in 2000. The following year, he brought his vocal talents to the small screen in [[Feature~V265488~Carmen: A Hip Hopera~carmen:ahiphopera]]. After releasing his 2001 sophomore album, {^Doggy Bag}, Lil' Bow Wow made his feature debut in the action comedy [[Feature~V259502~All About the Benjamins~allaboutthebenjamins]]. Leading-man status followed with a starring role as an orphan who discovers a pair of magical basketball shoes in [[Feature~V262739~Like Mike~likemike]] (2002), showing that the pint-sized rapper's skills in front of the camera rivaled those behind the microphone.
Following the release of his third album, {^Unleashed} (2003), he returned to the screen in 2004 for the comedy [[Feature~V286561~Johnson Family Vacation~johnsonfamilyvacation]]; snagging the lead role in Director Malcolm D. Lee's nostalgic coming-of-age tale Roll Bounce the following year. Strapping on a pair of roller skates for the '70s-set family drama, Bow Wow's first leading role snagged impressive box-office totals in its first-weekend, indicating good things to come for the young rapper-actor hyphenate. 2006 would find the actor/hip-hopper adding the title of wheelman to his credits when he buckled-in for the rubber-burning sequel The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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