Remember when Bow Wow was great? Now, he’s fighting — and struggling — to stay relevant
Let’s have a moment of silence for the once great music career of Shad “Bow Wow” Moss. Because on Wednesday, we were reminded how the 29-year-old rapper is struggling to be relevant in the music game.
With the Democratic National Convention now in full swing and the election quickly approaching, one of Bow Wow’s Twitter followers asked him the obvious question: “Hillary or Trump?” Bow Wow took a nonchalant political approach to which another follower disagreed, saying that he should care because he’s black.
@bonezmayne you SHOULD care, based on the fact that your ancestors died so that you could have the right to vote!
— MSF (@mfromthesfbay) July 27, 2016
Bow Wow’s response? That he’s not black. He’s mixed.
Man i only believe what the eyes see. Im mixed. I dont know what my ancestors was doing. I only know what i see! https://t.co/OdDO2pvtBS
— Bow Wow (@smoss) July 27, 2016
Well, this did not sit well with his followers, especially when Bow Wow went as far as to say that the Moss side (his dad’s side) of the family is white and Native American. He even posted a picture of his father on Instagram to prove his point, before tweeting that his dad looks like “a drunk Cuban with no rhythm.”
Bow Wow has lost it, but let us not forget how big he became after hopping onto the scene as a 13-year-old rapper under the tutelage of producer Jermaine Dupri. You could argue that, at his peak in the mid-2000s, Bow Wow was one of the most, if not THE most, popular artists in the game.
So, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and remember three of the best tracks he ever gave us.
“Basketball” feat. Jermaine Dupri, Fabolous & Fundisha (2002)
The hit song from the soundtrack for the 2002 movie Like Mike, in which Bow Wow played a 13-year-old who found a magical pair of Michael Jordan’s childhood sneakers, which gave him the talent to play in the NBA when he wore them. If Calvin Cambridge wasn’t your hero as a kid, you’re crazy. He won an NBA dunk contest and crossed up Allen Iverson. What more could you ask for at 13 years old?
“Let Me Hold You” feat. Omarion (2005)
Bow Wow had it all at this point. The black-on-black Range Rover. The girl. The smooth-singing wingman Omarion. How could you have not wanted to be this guy (except for the braids and beads)? Can’t even lie, this video was on frequent rotation in middle school. *hits Let Me Hold You dance*
“Fresh Az I’m Iz” feat. Mike JoneS (2005)
The most epic line from this song: Talk around town as if I’m wit’ Ciara. Yes, Bow Wow dated singer Ciara (and Rev. Run’s daughter, Angela Simmons, if we’re keeping track). He made the track Like You with Ciara, which is yet another banger.
Speaking of Ciara, maybe that’s how Bow Wow can really get back into the spotlight. A Russell Wilson diss track with Future. You heard it here first.