Bow Wow is among the top on the list when it comes to young rappers who became famous and successful. His illustrious music career has had him earn much respect and money. As per our research, Bow Wow is currently worth $1.5 million. This might be less than the time he has been in the game. But according to reports, he lost his money due to shady deals.
For this information and more about Bow Wow, continue reading this piece to the end.
Net Worth: $1.5 Million
Full Name: Shady Gregory Moss
Nickname: Lil’ Bow Wow, Bow Weezy
Date of Birth: 9th March 1987
Place of Birth: Columbus, Ohio
Height: 1.7 m
Profession: Rapper, Actor, Tv Presenter, Songwriter
Active Years: 1993 to date
Early Life of Bow Wow ‘Shady Moss’
Lil’ Bow Wow or Bow Weezy was born in Columbus, Ohio, on 9th March 1987. Shady is among young rappers who went to become stars like Justin Bieber. Gregory began his music career at the age of thirteen and became a Tv presenter and actor later.
Alfonso Preston Moss and Teresa Rena Caldwell are his parents. Moss was passionate about rapping at the age of three. When he was six years, he called himself Kid Gangsta as he had begun rapping for fun. He was a top fan of N.W.A., as a hip-hop group from Compton, California.
Snoop Dogg first discovered his rapping passion during a music event in L.A. Snoop went ahead to nickname Moss “Lil’ Bow Wow.” On Dogg’s debut, album Shady got featured on the song Gz and Hustlas. Apart from this song, he was in the video of Gin and Juice.
When Shady was eleven in 1998, he met with Jermaine Dupri, an American record producer, and songwriter. Dupri guided Gregory to become a music star. 2000 was the year when he released his first album titled Beware of Dog. At this point, he was still using his stage name Lil’ Bow Wow.
The album received a double-platinum certification from the recording industry association of America on 5th March 2001. This is after the album sold over two million copies at that time, and to date, the album has sales of more than three million copies.
The Second Album of Bow Wow
Moss’s second album was Doggy Bag. The popular music was Take Ya Home, whose peak was number 72 on the Billboard Hot 100. Doggy Bag was certified platinum and peaked number two on top R&B and Hip-Hop albums chart.
All this was in 2002, and in the same year, he stopped using the name Lil’. The reason for this decision was because he was growing older, and the name was irritating him.
In 2003 he released another album, a third and the first under his new name Bow Wow. Unleashed was the name of the album. The album features top acts like Birdman, Jagged Edge, Mario, and Amerie. Shady released this album under a new producer, unlike the other where he was under Jermaine Dupri.
His fourth album wanted was premiered in 2005, and the top single in the album was Let me hold you, in which he featured Omarion. The duo went ahead to release a new album together on 11th December 2007 known as Face Off.
The Acting Career of Bow Wow
Other than being a rapper, Shady is also a film actor. His first film was Like Mike that premiered on 3rd July 2002. It is an American sports comedy film. Another comedy film he featured was Johnson Family Vacation. Other films he was part of include;
- Roll Bounce
- The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
- Hurricane Season
- Ugly Betty
- Lottery Ticket
When it comes to being a Tv presenter, he is the presenter of B.E.T.’s 106 & Park. He is also a presenter of RnB Friday Nights that airs on Hit Network, an Australian radio network.
The best part of his music journey is his family support. Shady’s parents gave him all support he required. Presently, Gregory and his mom live in Atlanta, Georgia.
Furthermore, he has a daughter with Joie Chavis called Shai Moss, born on 27th April 2011. At one point, he and Erica Mena were engaged.
Problems with Law Enforcers
In 2012 Shady Moss was ordered to pay $3,000 monthly as child support. But he claimed that he was bankrupt and was unable to honor the order. In early 2019 Gregory was involved in a brawl with a woman in Atlanta. The two had minor injuries after the fight, and it was not clear who began the scuffle. They were detained and had to pay an $8,000 signature bond to be released.
Before the 2008 U.S. presidential elections, Shady Moss went on a walk across America in fifteen cities to urger unregistered voters to register. In his career, he has earned award nominations and won some. His first award was rap single of the year in 2001 during Billboard music awards for his song, ‘That’s My Name.’