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Bow Wow (born Shad Gregory Moss on March 9, 1987) is an American rapper and actor. He is listed in the Guinness World Records as the "youngest solo rapper to ever hit number one".

Bow Wow was born in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, to Teresa and Alfonso Moss. His father left the family (though Bow Wow claims they are still in contact), and his mother re-married to Rodney Caldwell; Bow Wow grew up with his step-father and has two step-siblings. When he was five, he started his career in rap using the moniker "Kid Gangsta". One year later, in 1993, he performed at a Chronic tour in Columbus, and was noted by rapper Snoop Dogg, who subsequently gave him a stage name, "Lil' Bow Wow". Snoop later hired him as an opening act, officially gaining him a spot on the Death Row Records roster. By 1998, Bow Wow was introduced to record producer Jermaine Dupri, who helped shape his career.

At the beginning of his career, Bow Wow was first a part of the Death Row Records artist roster, with his name appearing in various magazine and poster advertisements for the label. In 2000, he released his first album, Beware of Dog and became a successful recording artist under Dupri's mentorship; the same year, Bow Wow's single, "Bounce with Me", was also successful.After the success of Bow Wow's debut album, he released 2002's Doggy Bag, which contained, among others, the songs "Thank You" and "Take You Home". During this time, he removed "Lil'" from his professional name. He eventually broke out on his own in 2003 with the album Unleashed, which was his first without Dupri's writing assistance; the album's sales were lower than that of his first two. In addition to his own albums, Bow Wow has contributed to Will Smith's Wild Wild West album, and had a guest appearance on Brandy's TV sitcom, Moesha as well as The Steve Harvey Show.

Bow Wow made his acting debut in 2002's Like Mike, where he starred as a young orphan who gets a shot at the NBA. He also co-starred with Cedric the Entertainer, Vanessa Williams, and Solange Knowles in Johnson Family Vacation. Bow Wow has appeared in commercials for Twix, Campbells, and Verbs. He has participated, as the headlining act, in every Scream Tour except for the last. Bow Wow also performed live with Chris Brown at the 2006 Kids' Choice Awards on Nickelodeon and appears on rapper Miss Nana's album I Got The Hood, Volume 1 as a host.

In 2005, Bow Wow released his fourth album, Wanted, on which he once again worked with Jermaine Dupri. The album featured two singles that reached #1 on the R&B charts, "Let Me Hold You" (featuring Omarion) and "Like You" (featuring Ciara). Since the success of Like Mike, Bow Wow has starred in several Hollywood films, with the latest, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, released on June 16, 2006. He has described the film's director, Justin Lin, as "the best director" he has ever worked with. Bow Wow has also developed a clothing line entitled Shago. In July of 2006, he will receive a Hollywood Life award for being "the most exciting crossover artist".

Bow Wow is currently working on his fifth studio album and expects the project to be out in October of 2006. Bow Wow describes the album as "edgier" and more "mature" than his last one; he has also noted that the album, which he describes as his biggest to date, may also be his last. The first single, "Shorty Like Mine", will be released five days before Christmas and will feature singer Chris Brown. Bow Wow has also committed to appearing in at least two more film roles. The script for one of the films, named Mr. President, is currently being re-written. Bow Wow's fifth album is titled "The Price of Fame".

Bow Wow has been dubbed as "The Prince of Hip-Hop" and "Mr. 106 & Park"

Bow Wow dated R&B singer Ciara until early 2006. They are no longer together.

Bow Wow is currently working on a single with the new group Marauders


* 2000: Beware of Dog #8 US (2x Platinum)

* 2001: Doggy Bag #11 US (Platinum)

* 2003: Unleashed #3 US (Gold)

* 2005: Wanted #3 US (Platinum)

* 2006: The Price of Fame

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