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Though only 21 years old, Bow Wow (real name Shad Gregory Moss) has already released seven albums and seventeen singles, far more than most rappers will ever produce in their life. Bow Wow owes his enviable success to an early start - he was discovered at age 6 by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, who signed the precocious young artist to their Aftermath Entertainment label in 1993. After appearing on a number of skits and as a background rapper for Snoop, Bow Wow was introduced to producer Jermaine Dupri (Jay-Z, TLC) who masterminded Bow Wow's solo debut Beware of Dog (2000) and has played a major role in almost every other one of Bow Wow's releases since.

Only thirteen years old upon the release of Beware of Dog, Bow Wow (then known as Lil' Bow Wow) managed to captivate audiences with a PG-rated combination of talent and charm that shines through on tracks like "Puppy Love" and "Bounce With Me". Bow Wow's second album, 2001's Doggie Bag, continued in the same family-friendly pop rap vein as Beware of Dog, with singles "Thank You" and "Take Ya Home" becoming minor hits. For his third album, 2003's Unleashed, Bow Wow attempted to flirt with a more mature image, dropping the Lil' prefix from his name. The album - Bow Wow's least successful album to date - was his only release not helmed by Dupri, who has long been considered the driving force behind Bow Wow's popularity.

Unleashed made the mistake of attempting to straddle a line between kiddie-rap and mainstream hip-hop; the profanity-free album did not reliably appeal to his younger fans or to an older audience. Dupri urged Bow Wow to abandon his bubblegum beginnings altogether for his fourth album, 2005's Wanted. Wanted - the first of Bow Wow's albums to feature profane language - marked the turning point in Bow Wow's career that Unleashed had unsuccessfully attempted. Notable songs from Wanted include "Let Me Hold You", "Like You", and "Fresh Azimiz" featuring Mike Jones.

Eager to follow up Wanted's double-platinum success, Bow Wow released his fifth album The Price of Fame in 2006. The Price of Fame featured a lengthy list of big name collaborators, including Lil' Scrappy and T-Pain - proof of the staying power Bow Wow's new image had. The Price of Fame peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200, selling over a million copies based on the buzz generated by tracks like "I'm a Flirt" and "Outta My System". Bow Wow's most recent album is Face Off, a 2007 collaborative album with R&B singer Omarion that has produced singles "Girlfriend" and "Hey Baby (Jump Off)".

Bow Wow plans to release a seventh studio album sometime in 2008; it is to be titled H.I.M. (History In Making). There is some speculation that it might be Bow Wow's last album for some time; Bow Wow has mentioned that he may put his recording career on hold to pursue an acting career, citing Will Smith as inspiration. Bow Wow has already starred in a number of films including The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) and Roll Bounce (2005), and is currently slated to appear alongside Forest Whitaker and Lil' Wayne in an upcoming 2009 sports drama titled Patriots.

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There are two artists with the name Bow Wow, for the Japanese hard rock/heavy metal act (see Bow Wow)

1. Shad Gregory Moss (born March 9, 1987 in Columbus, Ohio), better known by his stage name Bow Wow, is an American rapper and actor signed to Cash Money Records. He started rapping in 1993 and was noticed by rapper Snoop Dogg, who gave him his stage name then signed him to Death Row Records, and in 1998, at the age of eleven, Bow Wow was introduced to record producer Jermaine Dupri, who has since helped shape his career.

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