Though he’s been rapping since the age of 6 recreationally, he came to the limelight at the age of 13 as Kid Gangsta. Following a performance in Los Angeles, he caught the attention of Snoop Dogg and became known as Lil’ Bow Wow.
His song ‘Stick Up’ was featured as a soundtrack in the 1999 movie Wild Wild West, with the support of his mentor Jermaine Dupri.
In 2000, he released his studio album ‘Beware of Dog’. The album became certified double platinum on March 5, 2001.
Shad dropped ‘Lil’’ from his stage name and became known as Bow Wow. Presently he’s known as Shad Moss in an attempt to rebrand himself as he diversifies his career.
Acting Career / TV Host
He made his acting debut in 2002 when he appeared in the film called Like Mike. He played the role of a young orphan who was given a chance to play in the NBA.
Before that, Shad played cameo roles in films like All About the Benjamins and Carmen: A Hip Hopera.
He made several guest appearances on TV sitcoms like Moesha, including The Steve Harvey Show, Brother Garcia and Ugly Betty.
Shad Moss also appeared in several Hollywood films like Roll Bounce and The Fast and the Furious.
He also had a recurring role in the TV comedy drama called Entourage, where he starred as Charlie. In 2015, he was a cast member of the short-lived police procedural TV show called CSI: Cyber. He played Brody Nelson: a former hacker.
Shad was a co-host for BET’s 106 & Park which covers music and pop culture from 2012 to 2014. He’s presently a host of a radio show called RnB Friday Nights.
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In addition to acting and making music, he has also gone into executive producing.
Shad Moss is an executive producer as well as a being one of the cast members in a reality spin-off show called Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta (#GUHHATL) on WE tv.
The show follows the life of the new hip-hop generation children who are trying to get out of the shadow of their famous or celebrity parents.
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In the 2008 US presidential election, he took part in the 15 city ‘walk across America to encourage new voters to register’.
He also participated in charity game organized by Chris Brown in honour of Michael Brown.
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Shad Moss won a Billboard Award for Single of the Year with his song ‘Bow Wow (That’s My Name)’ in 2001.
This is the second single from the album called Beware of Dog. The same album also won BET Award under the category Viewer’s Choice.
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