Bow Wow to bow out? Rapper hints at retirement from music career after dropping next album

This isn't the first time that Bow Wow has talked about retirement, plus the fact that he hasn't released a new album in over a decade might signal that he has other plans

                            Bow Wow to bow out? Rapper hints at retirement from music career after dropping next album
Shad Moss (Getty Images)

Shad Gregory Moss aka hip-hop star Bow Wow might be retiring soon. This news comes after the rapper previously dropped plenty of hints that his day in the sun was done. The rapper first burst into prominence on the music scene as a fresh-faced 13-year-old boy (he was known as Lil Bow Wow then). But after six studio albums and plenty of album delays on his upcoming projects, the artist has seemingly decided to drop the mic for good. But not yet, thankfully, he still seems to have some fire in his belly.

The rap star technically said goodbye to the Bow Wow moniker in 2014, saying that he had outgrown it. At the time, Moss stated he was now a mature father, host and actor, and revealed that he was ready for "the next chapter and challenge". The '106 & Park' host followed up on that bombshell by revealing in 2016 that he would be retiring after dropping one more album, titled 'NYLTH'. However, just like his previously derailed album 'Underrated', 'NYLTH' still hasn't been officially released. It's been well over a decade since his last album 'New Jack City II', which dropped in 2009. However, Bow Wow has released some mixtapes in recent years such as 'Ignorant Shit' (2017) and 'Greenlight', his sixth mixtape that came out in 2019.

Rapper Bow Wow speaks at the 2015 American Music Awards Pre Party (Getty Images)

So when the 'Like You' singer was asked in a recent Twitter Q&A session by a fan, "Bro, you still considering retiring after the next album you drop?" Moss replied in the affirmative. He said that he was now prioritizing his daughter's rise to fame over his own career. Moss said, "F*** yes! I have to get Shai (daughter) ready, she wants to follow in my footsteps so I have to shift my hustle. She next up! We are going to own TV and film. Daddy daughter duo like no other!"

However, it looks like we might still get a follow up to his joint collaboration with the R&B/hip-hop singer Omarion. The duo last dropped a collaborative album called 'Face Off' back in 2007. When asked by a fan on Twitter, "Is there a 'Face Off 2' album in the works?", Bow Wow revealed it could probably happen, saying "Me and O (Omarion) have been recording... might drop it soon not sure. I gotta callem today."


He, Omarion and a slew of other artists had originally been slated to go on the road for the highly-anticipated Millenium Tour 2020, but the ongoing coronavirus has now put a damper on those plans. When asked by a fan, "So is the millennium tour 2020 pushed back till 2021?", the rapper declared, "I'm over it man at this point. Such a f***ing bummer man. Moment was taken right from me and O to give yall something magical but no matter what, YALL GONE SEE US IN ACTION!" 

Let's hope Bow Wow does get to release something substantial before hanging up his kicks for good. 

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