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Name: Shad Gregory Moss                                                                 
Born: March 9, 1987 Columbus, Ohio, United States                                       
Shad Gregory Moss (born March 9, 1987), better known by his stage name Bow Wow (formerly 
Lil' Bow Wow), is an American rapper, actor, and music producer. He released his         
debut album Beware of Dog at age 13, then under the stage name Lil' Bow Wow,             
which he carried until his 2003 album Unleashed, under simply Bow Wow. Two more         
albums followed, Unleashed in 2005 and The Price of Fame in 2006. In 2007, he           
released the collaboration album Face Off with Omarion.                                 
Bow Wow was born in Reynoldsburg, Ohio to Teresa and Alfonso Moss. His mother           
worked three jobs to care for him after Alfonso left the family. Teresa later           
married Rodney Caldwell, and Bow Wow has a two half sisters Erica and Jasarah.           
Bow Wow was raised, and attended school, in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, a small city in         
the Columbus metropolitan area, until his rap career took off.                           
At age five, he started his career in rap using the moniker "Kid Gangsta". One           
year later, in 1993, he performed at a Chronic tour in Columbus, and was noted           
by rapper Snoop Dogg and rapper Dr. Dre, who subsequently gave him a stage name,         
"Lil' Bow Wow". Dr. Dre later hired him as an opening act, officially gaining           
him a spot on the Death Row Records roster.[1]. "Lil' Bow Wow" then appeared on         
a skit on Snoop's debut Doggystyle.                                                     
In 1998 at the age of eleven, Bow Wow was introduced to record producer Jermaine         
Dupri, who helped shape his career.