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Should Bow Wow Quit Rapping?

Submitted by on September 18, 2010 – 1:01 pm11 Comments

Recently reports surfaced that Bow Wow is hard at work on his Cash Money debut album tentatively titled Who Is Shad Moss. Bow Wow stated in an interview with Real Talk NY that he is seeking lyrical guidance from Jadakiss (a claim that ‘Kiss says is still just in talks) for his first project since leaving Sony Records and dropping commercial failure New Jack City II.

So what exactly does Bow Wow have to keep rapping for? Maybe because he enjoys it. But the fact he’s seeking “lyrical guidance” says that he’s not comfortable with who he is as an emcee. Being a child star, it’s hard for his audience to understand his new grown up attitude. Couple that with the fact that Bow Wow’s acting career is being talked about much more than his rap career, and one has to wonder if maybe he should drop the rap and make a career out of acting.

It’s difficult to tell somebody to stop doing something that they love to do but it’s hard to see Bow Wow’s next album becoming a critical and commercial success. As a rapper, Bow Wow was never good. The kids loved him but now he’s a 23-year-old man with a completely different perspective than his “Bounce With Me” days. When he rapped about kid stuff, it was cute for the little girls. But now that he’s grown, hearing him spew rhymes about having a pole in his basement is kind of awkward.

The biggest problem for Bow Wow is making his grown-man rap believable for his audience. It’s a situation that plagues many kid rappers and most never come out of the situation any better. For Bow Wow, his acting career is flourishing and if this new album fails, he should really consider a future in film.

There’s nothing wrong with that. Sooner or later you have to grow up, right?

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