Bow Wow Net Worth: Early Life, Music Career, Legal Issues, and More


Bow Wow Net Worth
Bow Wow Net Worth: Early Life, Music Career, Legal Issues, and More
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Introduction

Shad Gregory Moss, widely known by his stage name Bow Wow (formerly Lil’ Bow Wow), is an American rapper, songwriter as well as actor with an estimated net worth of $2 Million. He was born March 9, 1987, and he released his first album, Beware of Dog, in the year 2000, at the age of 13. This was followed by Doggy Bag in 2001.

In 2003, he released his third album Unleashed, which was the first album to be released after he dropped the “Lil’” from his stage name.

Bow Wow Overview

Name Shad Gregory Moss
Stage Name Bow Wow
Other Names Lil’ Bow Wow, Kid Gangsta
Age 35
Birth Date 9 March 1987
Birth Place Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Marital Status Unmarried
Children 1 (Shai Moss)
Net Worth $2 Million
Occupation Rapper, Songwriter, Actor
Years Active 1993 – present
Genres Hip hop
Labels LBW, Bad Boy (current), Cash Money, Republic, Sony Urban, Columbia, So So Def, Death Row (former)
Associated Acts Da Brat, Jermaine Dupri, Omarion, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, Snoop Dogg, T-Pain

Bow Wow Early Life

Shad Gregory Moss, widely known by his stage name Bow Wow, was born on 9 March 1987, in Columbus, Ohio, United States. Shad never saw his father, Alfonso Preston Moss, as he abandoned the family leaving Shad to be raised by his mother, Teresa Rena Caldwell, and his stepfather, Rodney Caldwell. He was raised in Reynoldsburg, alongside his step-sisters, Erica and Jasarah.

Shad was fascinated by music since he was a child and his mother was extremely supportive of this interest of his and took him to several talent competitions in his hometown.

Bow Wow Personal Life

Bow Wow has a daughter Shai Moss, who was born on April 27, 2011, with Joie Chavis. Bow Wow was formerly engaged to Erica Mena.

Bow Wow Music Career

In the year 1993, he gave a mind-blowing performance at a concert in Los Angeles, where he caught the eye of the rapper, Snoop Dogg. It was Snoop Dogg who gave Shad his stage name “Lil’ Bow Wow”. Lil’ Bow Wow made an appearance on the track, “Gz and Hustlas” of Doggystyle (Snoop Dogg’s debut album) and also in the music video of “Gin and Juice.” In 1998 when Shad was just eleven years old, he crossed paths with Jermaine Dupri, a record producer, who would become his mentor and prove a great help in shaping his career. A year after that, in 1999, the movie Wild Wild West‘s soundtrack featured his song “The Stick Up” with Jermaine Dupri.

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“Bow Wow (That’s My Name)” cover art
“Bow Wow (That’s My Name)” cover art

In 2000, at the young age of 13, Shad dropped his first album ‘Beware of Dog’ under the stage name Lil’ Bow Wow. This album turned into a huge hit and by 2009 sold over 3 million copies. The album comprised multiple hit songs like ‘Bounce With Me’ featuring Xscape, ‘Ghetto Girls’,  ‘Puppy Love’ with Jagged Edge, and ‘Bow Wow (That’s My Name)’ featuring Snoop Dogg. In March of 2011, Beware of Dog was certified double platinum by the RIAA.

In 2002, Lil’ Bow Wow released his second album ‘Doggy Bag’ which was soon certified platinum. The album comprised songs like ‘Thank You’ with Jagged Edge, ‘Take Ya Home’ and ‘Basketball.’ In April of 2002, he dropped the “Lil‘” from his stage name, revealing to MTV News: “I changed my name because I’m getting older now and it’s too many Lil’s. All these Lil’ rappers, I’m just kind of getting real irritated by it. I said, ‘You know what? Drop the Lil’. Forget it. I’m Bow Wow. Besides, I’m growing up, I’m not little anymore. [I just decided that] two weeks ago. I really got irritable. It’s all these Lil’ cats, forget it. I’m Bow Wow now. Everything is just ‘Bow Wow,’ no ‘Lil’ Bow Wow.'”

“Wanted” album cover art
“Wanted” album cover art

In 2003, he released Unleashed, his third album as well as the first under the modified stage name Bow Wow. The album comprised songs like “Let’s Get Down” featuring Birdman, and “My Baby” featuring Jagged Edge. In September of 2003, Unleashed was certified gold. In 2005, Wanted was released, with its first single being “Let Me Hold You“, featuring Omarion, and the second single, “Like You“, featuring Ciara. The album went on to be certified platinum. In 2006, The Price of Fame was released, featuring artists like Chris Brown, and T-Pain. The Price of Fame was certified gold. In 2007, Bow Wow released a collaborative album with Omarion, titled Face off. In 2009, New Jack City II, his sixth album, was released and on August 16, Bow Wow declared that he had signed a deal with Cash Money Records.

In June of 2014, Bow Wow made an announcement via Instagram that he would be going by his real name Shad Moss. He went on to state that “Bow Wow” was no longer fit for his new personality and that he had matured from who he was before. In May 2015, he revealed that he had parted ways with Cash Money Records saying, “I wanna dictate when my music come out. I’m tired of going to the studio to make records and then I listen to them. ‘Cuz then they get old. Then when y’all ask for new music I don’t wanna hear it ‘cuz I’ve been listening to it for two or three months. I just can’t be held up by nobody. It’s as simple as that. I got a daughter. I got a family I gotta provide for.” On September 27, 2015, Bow Wow signed to Bad Boy Records.

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On August 7, 2016, Bow Wow made an official announcement stating that he would be retiring from rapping after one more album, titled NYLTH, which was scheduled for release in 2017 but has not yet been released. In 2020, Bow Wow competed on the third season of The Masked Singer as “Frog,” finishing third place.

“Face Off” album cover art
“Face Off” album cover art

Bow Wow Discography

Studio albums:

  1. Beware of Dog (2000)
  2. Doggy Bag (2001)
  3. Unleashed (2003)
  4. Wanted (2005)
  5. The Price of Fame (2006)
  6. New Jack City II (2009)
  7. Before 30 (TBA)

Collaboration albums:

  1. Face Off (with Omarion) (2007)

Bow Wow Awards

BET Awards: 2001, Viewer’s Choice “Bow Wow (That’s My Name)”

Billboard Music Awards: 2001, Rap Single of the Year “Bow Wow (That’s My Name)”

Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards: 2001, Favorite Male Singer

 Bow Wow Acting Career

Shad made his acting debut with the film Like Mike in 2002, starring as a young orphan. Moreover, Bow Wow has made several guest appearances on Moesha, The Steve Harvey Show, Brothers Garcia, Smallville, and Ugly Betty; and has starred in films such as Roll Bounce, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and Hurricane Season. Bow Wow also co-starred in Johnson Family Vacation. In 2021, he repeated his role as Twinkie in F9.

Bow Wow Filmography

Films:

Year Title
2001 Carmen: A Hip Hopera
2002 All About the Benjamins
Like Mike
2004 Johnson Family Vacation
2005 Roll Bounce
2006 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
2009 Hurricane Season
2010 Lottery Ticket
2011 Who Is Shad Moss?
Madeas Big Happy Family
2013 Scary Movie 5[60]
Allegiance
2021 F9
2023 Fast & Furious 10 Part 1
2024 Fast & Furious 10 Part 2

Television:

Year Title
2001 The Steve Harvey Show
Moesha
2006 Smallville
2008 Ugly Betty
Entourage
2011 The Secret Life of the American Teenager
2012–14 106 & Park
2015–16 CSI: Cyber
2017–present Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta
2020 The Masked Singer

Bow Wow Net Worth

2022 $2 Million
2021 $1.75 Million
2020 $1.5 Million
2019 $1.25 Million
2018 $1 Million
2017 $0.75 Million

Bow Wow Legal Issues

In March of 2012, news got out that the court had ordered Bow Wow to pay $3,000 per month in child support.

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On February 2, 2019, Bow Wow was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia, for battery after he got into a fight with a woman. Both Bow Wow and the woman suffered minor injuries. They were both taken to the Fulton County Jail, but Shad was released after he was held on an $8,000 signature bond.

Bow Wow and woman arrested in Atlanta
Bow Wow and woman arrested in Atlanta

Bow Wow Challenge

In 2017, a photo challenge called the “Bow Wow Challenge” went viral over several social media platforms. This challenge was born when Bow Wow posted a photo showing off his private jet travel lifestyle. However, this photo was a fake, taken from the MIA VIP Transportation website. Countless people took part in this challenge by sharing their misleading photos tagged “bow wow challenge”.

FAQs related to Bow Wow

  1. Who is Bow Wow?

Shad Gregory Moss, widely known by his stage name Bow Wow (formerly Lil’ Bow Wow), is an American rapper, songwriter as well as actor with an estimated net worth of $2 Million. He was born March 9, 1987, and he released his first album, Beware of Dog, in the year 2000, at the age of 13. This was followed by Doggy Bag in 2001.

  1. How old is Bow Wow?

Bow Wow was born on 9 March 1987 and is currently 35 years old.

  1. How tall is Bow Wow?

Bow Wow is 1.70 m tall.

  1. Which was Bow Wow’s debut album?

In 2000, at the young age of 13, Shad dropped his first album ‘Beware of Dog’ under the stage name Lil’ Bow Wow.

  1. How much does Bow Wow earn in a year?

Bow Wow earns an estimated salary of $2,50,000 per year.

  1. What is the name of Bow Wow’s wife?

Bow Wow is currently single and not married to anyone.

  1. Does Bow Wow have children?

Yes, Bow Wow has a daughter Shai Moss, who was born on April 27, 2011, with Joie Chavis.

  1. Where was Bow Wow born?

Shad Gregory Moss, widely known by his stage name Bow Wow, was born on 9 March 1987, in Columbus, Ohio, United States

  1. What is the net worth of Bow Wow?

Bow Wow has an estimated net worth of $2 Million.

Conclusion

Shad Gregory Moss, widely known by his stage name Bow Wow (formerly Lil’ Bow Wow), is an American rapper, songwriter as well as actor with an estimated net worth of $2 Million. He was born March 9, 1987, and he released his first album, Beware of Dog, in the year 2000, at the age of 13. This was followed by Doggy Bag in 2001.


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