Bow Wow retires from rap music at 29

By BBC Newsbeat

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Bow Wow says he’s going to retire from music to “start a new adventure”.

The 29-year-old rapper says he’s going to release one more album, which will be executive produced by Snoop Dogg, before hanging up his mic.

In a series of posts on social media, Shad Moss, or Lil’ Bow Wow as he used to be known, says he always planned to retire before he turned 30.

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To some, it’s not much of a surprise as his recent albums have failed to hit the success of earlier work.

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By working with Snoop, who he worked with on Bow Wow (That’s My Name) in 2000, he says it’s “only right” to end his career with him.

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There’s also talk that this final album will be released along with a biopic movie.

Last year he announced he’d signed to Diddy’s label Bad Boy Records.

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The process of the album has “begun”, he said. But it will be a while for release as Snoop is on tour.

Bow Wow’s career peaked in the early ’00s when he released several platinum-selling albums.

But his last studio album, released in 2009, failed to sell well.



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