A Brief History of Bow Wow’s Hits


Bow Wow has been the face of slander for some time now. In fact, I’m having trouble remembering when he wasn’t at the butt end of a meme or joke. But, I have a confession—Bow Wow is one of my problematic faves.

When the Ohio native’s double platinum debut album Beware of Dog dropped in 2000, I remember his green eyes, cornrows, and his surprisingly perfect Harlem shake coming across my screen. I was always hogging the house phone and voting for his songs on 106 and Park and TRL— yes, I was that loyal. I spent chore money on Right On magazine and any other publication he was featured in.

I can remember begging my mother to take me to the Scream Tour II — a tour for preteens, teens, and fan girls who loved B2K and Bow Wow. I had Bow’s album, bandana with the matching tee and even coordinated my cornrows with my green eyed bae—I was 10, don’t judge me.

Over the weekend, Bow Wow announced he would officially be retiring from music this year. Though he hasn’t dropped a studio album since 2009’s New Jack City II, Bow has dropped four mixtapes before taking a hiatus to focus on his acting career. 

While slander is funny and sometimes well deserved, let’s not pretend that Bow Wow didn’t have a successful music career and a pretty smooth transition from rapping to acting.

Before Bow Wow drops his final album NYLTH, let’s take a trip to the early 2000s and explore the Ohio rapper’s older hits:

Beware of Dog

“Bounce With Me”

The first single from his debut album was “Bounce With Me” featuring Xscape produced by Jermaine Dupri. The track was featured on the Big Momma’s House soundtrack and placed #1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles.

“Bow Wow (That’s My Name)”

When you have a Snoop Dogg cosign at 13, you’re destined for a hit. “Bow Wow (That’s My Name) was the second single from Beware of Dog which featured a George Clinton sample and the “Hi, my name is…” line from Eminem.

“Puppy Love” featuring Jagged Edge:

Jagged Edge and Bow made some great hits together. On “Puppy Love,”  Lil Bow Wow flexed his softer side and appealed to majority of his audience— tween aged girls. The visuals feature a young Bow and Solange creating havoc and terrorizing Jermaine Dupri’s maid and butler.

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