Truth About Bow Wow’s Career Successes, Family Members & Body Stats

Age/Date of Birth:
March 9, 1987
‎5 feet 4 inches (162.6 cm)
African American
Wife or Girlfriend:Joie Chavis (ex-partner)
Parents:Alfonso Preston Moss and Teresa Rena Caldwell
Net Worth:

Bow Wow is an American rapper, actor and TV show host. In 2013, the “retired” rapper had bankruptcy starring him right in the face. However, thanks to a few gigs, he has managed to build his net worth to about $1.5 million as of 2020.

Early Beginnings

When he began performing, he was called Lil’ Bow Wow; but its safe to say that the rapper isn’t so ‘Lil’ anymore, probably why he chose to drop the prefix from his rap moniker. It is easy to decipher the star’s age from his birth date which is 9th of March, 1987.

Born Shad Gregory Moss in Columbus, Ohio, Bow Wow showed rap talent at the tender age of 3. He could rhyme words, something that his mother did not take for granted. She enrolled him in talent contests when he was just four. By age 5, he could repeat lyrics that he heard on TV. Bow Wow has cited rapper Jay-Z and Michael Jackson as some of his influences.

At the ‘Chronic Tour’, his performance caught the attention of already established rapper Snoop Dogg. Snoop hired him as an opening act and gave him the moniker Lil Bow Wow. He later introduced him to producer Jermaine Dupri.

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Music Success

Bow Wow was certainly one of the youngest people to hit the American rap scene. At the age of 13, he released his first album “Beware of Dog” in 2000. The album became a double-platinum top ten hit. One of his singles, ‘Bounce with Me’ entered the Guinness Book of World Records, as a song released by the youngest rap star in the history of America’s rap scene. His single, “Let me Hold You” sold about 500,000 ringtones even before the full album was released.

He went on to release 5 more albums but none matched the success of his debut album.

Bow Wow has a number of awards to his name: the 2001 BET Viewer Choice Award, Kids Choice Award by Nickelodeon for favourite Male Singer and Billboard music award for rap single of the year, with the song, ‘Bow Wow’ (That’s My name).

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In August 2016, he took to his Instagram page to announce his “retirement from rap music”. The rapper wrote; “Retirement only means that it is time for a new adventure” over 10 million sold. This the last one. THANK YOU for the musical journey!”

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Film, TV & Media

Bow Wow is no stranger to the big screen, he has appeared in a number of films, taking leading as well as supporting roles. He made his debut lead role in 2002 movie Like Mike. He has had roles in other movies including Tyler Perry’s ‘Madea’s Big Happy Family’, ‘Lottery Ticket’, ‘Carmen: A Hip Hopera’, ‘Roll Bounce’, ‘Underrated’, ‘Greenlight 5’ and ‘New Jack City Part 2’.

He has also made guest appearances on TV shows, including The Steve Harvey Show and Moesha. He has also appeared on the CBS TV Show, ‘SCI Cyber’ as Brody Nelson. He was the host of ‘106 & Park’ show between 2012 and 2014. Bow Wow was later cast on HBO’s popular TV series, ‘Entourage’.

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Money Problems

In 2012 Bow Wow finally admitted that he was a dad. He has a daughter named Shai with his ex-girlfriend, Erica Mena. After being ordered by a court to pay $3,000 a month in child support, Bow Wow confessed to having no money. The rapper claimed he made just $4,000 per month and further said that he leases his Jeep and had just $1,500 in his checking account. Despite his revelation, the court ordered him to pay $11,500 in back child support and another $3,000 every month.

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To add to this, TMZ revealed that the rapper owed the IRS $90,000 in back taxes. He also had his luxury vehicles repossessed as he stopped making payments for them.

News appeared online that Bow Wow drove his $200,000 Bentley to his agent’s office and begged for money stating how broke he was. The rapper later denied the rumours.

After he declared himself “broke” in a court, Bow Wow landed a berth as host of BET’s 106 & Park following Terrence J & Rocsi retirement. He acted as host for two years from 2012 – 2014. Thanks to this and his role in CSI: Cyber, Bow Wow was able to bounce back with his finances. However, the show cancelled in 2016.

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In a series of tweet announcing his retirement in August 2016, Bow Wow revealed;

“My last album will be Executive Produced by my uncle Snoop and myself. Since he brought me in the game, its only right I involve him and end it with him.”

While he hasn’t revealed what his next adventure would be, we have our fingers crossed it will be one that will have a positive effect on his finances.

Bow Wow’s Daughter, Baby Mama, and Details Of His Parents

Bow Wow’s parents encouraged his love for music which has no doubt gotten him to where he is today. His father is Alfonso Preston Moss and his mother is Teresa Rena Caldwell (née Jones). Bow Wow also has a sister, Erica Caldwell. But these are not his only family.

As previously mentioned, he has a daughter – Shai – with his ex-girlfriend and baby mama, Erica Mena. His adorable daughter was born on the 27th of April, 2011. He currently pays child support for her upkeep.

Profile Summary 
First Name:Shad
Last Name:Moss
Also Known As:
Bow Wow. Lil' Bow Wow
Rapper, actor, reality television show star
Famous For:for his rap career which he started even before he was 10. He has also become famous for shows like Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta and 106 & Park.
Colleges/Universities Attended:
Reynoldsburg High School
Hannah J Ashton Middle School
Laurel Springs School
Educational Qualifications:
Not Available
Birthday & Zodiac
Age/Date of Birth:
‎March 9, 1987 (age 33)
Zodiac Sign:Pisces
Birth Place:
‎Columbus, Ohio‎, U.S
African American
Country of Residence:
The United States of America
Physical Attributes
‎5 feet 4 inches (162.6 cm)
‎67 kg (148 pounds)
Eye Colour:
Hair Color:
Other Body Measurements:
Chest: 38” (96.5 cm)
Waist: 30” (76 cm)
Biceps: 12” (30.5 cm)
Shoe size: 10 US
Marital Status:
Joie Chavis (ex-partner)
Family and Relatives
Alfonso Preston Moss
Mother:Teresa Rena Caldwell
Shai Moss
Siblings:Erica Caldwell
Other Relatives:
Rodney Caldwell- step-father
Net Worth
Estimated Net Worth:
$1.5 Million
Salary:Not Available
Source of Wealth:
Musical career and showbiz
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