Bow Wow Wants To Be Will Smith!
It seems it was only yesterday that baby-faced Lil Bow Wow was presented on stage as a gimmick on the Snoop Dogg tour at the tender age of eight.
Sixteen years later, he's dropped the Lil, got some tough stickers (tattoos), grown some muscles, and even shows signs of facial hair. And while many were ready to write him off as a novelty act, Bow Wow has all but stuck it to his detractors as he readies to release his seventh studio album.
After an impressive 16 year existence in the hip hop game, Snoop Dogg's original protigy has announced to the public that after his next album, he's retiring from making music. He instead wants to focus on his acting career because he wants to "be the next Will Smith."
Bow Wow tells MTV.com "After the eighth album, I'm done. I already feel it. I love acting. I love my music like I said, but I feel it. After this one, probably one more in me and that's eight. Like, I'm one behind Nas, and that's crazy."
It's a clever move from the pint sized prince especially since the recording industry is feeling the pinch and films are considered a much more lucrative bet. Either that or he's run out of dog similes to use as album and song titles.
Bow Weezie has had roles in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Roll Bounce and is slated to star in the upcoming films Patriots and Driving Lessons. He has also taken a recurring role in the hit show Entourage.
Bow Wow will play "Charlie", a stand-up comic who is one of Eric "E" Murphy's few clients. And while he has managed to repress his potty mouth thus far on his music releases, his new acting stint is no holds barred. Bowsy will be raising temperatures when he strips off to shoot a sex scene with an adult film star as part of his new role.
"I know the girls, they're going to go crazy when they see it," he said of his appearance on the HBO series. "The ladies are gonna go crazy when they see Bow Wow's first sex scene. It's crazy 'cause for me, it was normal. It was normal, but I know when I look back at it, when I see it, I'm gonna be like, 'Damn! Look at this. This is crazy!' I stun myself sometimes, I can't even front.
"It was with a porn star. I don't know her name," he said of the actress. "She probably watching this like, 'What?! I did a scene with him, and he doesn't remember my name?!' Nah, I don't remember her name, but she was bad though. She was baaaaad! I was cool. I was comfortable with it. I was definitely comfortable with it. It is what it is - normal stuff that happens."
And while perving on Bow Wow still has the same appeal as lusting after little brothers best friend, there no denying Bow Wow is well on his way to adulthood, and with his new found 'maturity' comes (thankfully) a name change to go with it.
Bow Weezy is already of to a good start by confessing he will adopt his original name Shad Moss. "Bow Wow is an established artist, but he's just a kid," Wow says. "Shad Moss is who I am 24/7." Good move BW your name is cute, but it will always sound a brand of dog biscuit.
Meanwhile, Bow has been trying to warm things up for his LP. He just released the videos for "Big Bank Take Lil Bank" and the Soulja Boy-featuring "Marco Polo."
If the news of Bow Wow's exit from the music biz has you crying into your cornflakes, remember that 'rap retirement' has a totally different definition in the biz.
At the rate which rappers 'retire' only to 'reappear' a few years later, we're beginning to wonder if 'quitting' the scene is really a strategy to resurface a few years later to make a triumphant comeback with an album, complete with triumphant sales?
Chances are he'll star in some C grade movies, make a 'victorious comeback' album, then start the whole process all over again.
Our advice? Take some of that loot and invest it in the best acting coach you can find now you're grown up Bowy er we mean Shad, you can't rely on your giggly teenage fans to inflate your sales numbers!