August 8, 2016 11:12 am

Bow Wow announces he’s retiring from music at age 29

Rapper Bow Wow speaks at the 2015 American Music Awards Pre Party with Coca-Cola at the Conga Room on November 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Shad Moss, better known as Bow Wow (and formerly L’il Bow Wow), has announced his retirement from the music industry after he releases one last album.

The 29-year-old confirmed his retirement in a series of posts on social media: “I just can’t see myself at 30 years old rapping.”

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The Bounce With Me rapper also shared to his 3 million+ followers that he “Made over 20 million off rap. Why be greedy? Im [sic] good with everything i accomplished. I made it to the white house.”

The rapper revealed that his last album will be called NYLTH, which will be executive-produced with the help of Snoop Dogg.

He also added that “Since he [Snoop Dogg] brought me in the game, its [sic] only right,” to have him work on his last album.


Bow Wow’s rap career peaked in the early 2000s when he released several platinum-selling albums, including Beware of Dog and Doggy Bag.

The former 106 & Park host released his first rap album when he was 13 and later transitioned into acting in titles like Lottery Ticket, Like Mike, All About the Benjamins and CSI: Cyber.

When a fan suggested that the Atlanta rap star “study chemistry or something” once he retires, he revealed, “I got 3 NEW tv shows i dont [sic] have time for that baby.”

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This is the second time Bow Wow has announced his retirement. In a 2009 interview he said, “There’s no more that needs to be done on the music side… nothing more that I want to accomplish.” He was 22 years old when he made the previous announcement.

Fans on social media shared their confusion at the retirement news, with many claiming he was already technically retired.

There is no release date set for Bow Wow’s last album, NYLTH.

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