Bow Wow Bow Wow Moss was raised, along with his stepsister Erica, by his mother and her husband. When Moss was five, he started his career in rap using the moniker Kid Gangsta. One year later, he took front stage during the Chronic tour and impressed rapper Snoop Dogg who would later give Moss his first professional alias, "Lil' Bow Wow". Snoop later hired him as an opening act, officially gaining him a spot on the Death Row Records roster, and introduced him to Jermaine Dupri, a producer who helped shape Moss' career.
After the success of his 2000 debut album, Beware of Dog, He released 2001's Doggy Bag, which contained songs such as "Thank You" and "Take You Home".
In addition to his own albums, Bow Wow has contributed to Will Smith's album, Wild Wild West, which was named after the movie which also stars Smith, and had a guest appearance on Brandy's TV sitcom, Moesha. He made his acting debut in Like Mike, where he acted as a young orphan who gets a shot at the NBA. He is also a good friend of basketball star Allen Iverson. Another good friend of his is singer Omarion.