Rapper Bow Wow to retire at 29

Bow Wow says he will focus on acting.
Bow Wow says he will focus on acting.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK • American rapper Bow Wow has announced that he is retiring from music, saying he has made more than US$20 million (S$27 million) and does not see himself rapping as a 30-year-old.

Bow Wow, 29, who found fame at the age of 13 as Lil' Bow Wow, said in a series of Twitter messages on Sunday and Monday that his final album will be the upcoming NYLTH. He did not give a date for the release.

"I always said I'd retire from music before 30," he tweeted. "I just can't see myself at 30 years old rapping."

"Made over 20 million off rap. Why be greedy? Im good with everything I accomplished. I made it to the white house," added the Ohio native, whose real name is Shad Moss.

As Lil' Bow Wow, he released his first album Beware Of The Dog in 2000. He has also launched a career as an actor, appearing in movies such as Madea's Big Happy Family (2011) and the television series CSI: Cyber.

He said on Twitter that he plans to focus on acting in the future and is also producing two television shows.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2016, with the headline 'Rapper Bow Wow to retire at 29'. Print Edition | Subscribe