*29-year-old Shad “Bow Wow” Moss announced over the weekend that he is retiring from rap music after he drops his final album titled “NYLTH” later this year.
”I always said years ago i’d retire from music before 30,” the musician told his 3.16 million Twitter followers. “I just cant see myself at 30 years old rapping.”
Meanwhile, social medial responded to the news by reminding Shad that many thought he retired in 2003, after he dropped his third album “Unleashed,” which also marked the first album released without using Lil’ in his name.
In a series of tweets, Bow Wow wrote, “Over 10 million sold, 6 arena tours, 10 top 10’s, a few number 4 platinum albums, 2 gold albums. I’M DONE. ‘Retirement only means that it is time for a new adventure.’ over 10 million sold. This the last one. THANK YOU. Made over 20 million off rap. Why be greedy? I’m good with everything i accomplished. I made it to the White House.”
“My last album will be executive produced by my uncle Snoop and myself,” Bow Wow wrote on Instagram. “Since he brought me in the game, its only right i involve him and end it with him. ITS OFFICIAL!!!! THIS S–T BOUT TO BANG ON MOMMAS! And we aiming and im talking RECKLESS on this album. NOBODY SAFE #DPG #ATK THE TITLE OF MY FINAL ALBUM ‘NYLTH.'”
With Snoop Dogg as his mentor, Bow Wow burst onto the music scene in 2000 with his debut album “Beware of the Dogg.” Since 2014, he has used his birth name, Shad Moss, professionally. In addition to music, Bow found success on the big and small screens, appearing in “All About the Benjamins,” “CSI: Cyber,” “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” “Like Mike,” and “Smallville.”
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After one fan said they thought he retired in 2007, Bow Wow tweeted, “Just decided to get movie and tv money. Crazy how when JT did what i did NO ONE hated. I do it, its he fell off etc.” E! News notes how Shad referenced Justin Timberlake in yet another tweet Monday, writing, “When i decided to take years off to do tv and film, they said i fell off. When JT did it, nobody questioned that.”
Bow Wow plans to focus “on acting and hosting,” in addition to producing two TV shows. “Its a blessing to have made millions and can retire before 30,” he tweeted. “I mean im extremely happy.”