Rapper, Bow Wow has been catching heat on social media after posting a photo of himself alongside many of the legends of Death Row Records’ hey-day.
Sure, the picture looks pretty corny – it’s not hard to see he wasn’t in the original – but what is the story behind Bow Wow’s Death Row Records roots?
You have to rewind to 1993, when a young Bow Wow, real name Shad Moss, went on stage as a Snoop Dogg show in his hometown and rhymed for the sold-out crowd. Although he was pushed into performing by his mom’s boyfriend, Shad had skills, having won talent shows despite being just 5 or 6 years old!
Snoop was impressed and invited Shad backstage after the show, where Snoop gave him his rap name, Lil Bow Wow.
While he never officially signed to Death Row, Bow Wow did record for the label – notably the kid skits on Snoop’s debut album, ‘Doggystyle’ (“I wanna be a mother*ckin’ hustla, ya better ask somebody”).
However, Bow Wow was left frustrated by the situation at Death Row Records – until Snoop Dogg reached out in 1998.
Snoop was leaving the label at the time and so decided to recommend Bow Wow to his friend, Jermaine Dupri. Snoop told Jermaine:
So, in many ways, Bow Wow’s career did get kick-started at Death Row… that picture’s still weak though…
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