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At 25 Bow Wow has experienced more career highs than rappers well out of his age range—yet he still has more to prove. With six No. 1 singles, over 10 million albums sold, and holding the Guinness World Record as the “Youngest Solo Rapper to Ever Hit No. 1,” he could easily retire from the game and focus on his acting career. But music is still a top priority.

A few bumpy years following the release of Face Off , his collaborative album with Omarion, raised speculation that Bow wouldn’t be able to merge from the lane of teen rap star into adult MC. The ill-received project marked a change in the career of the Ohio native; he distanced himself from longtime mentor, and friend, Jermaine Dupri, and eventually cut ties with his label, Columbia Records. Then the bad press started to roll in. Bow was feared to be suicidal after tweeting about dying, publicly blasted his absentee birth father, ran into legal issues, and didn’t put his name on his daughter Shia’s birth certificate.


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