Teenage rapper Lil Bow Wow (real name: Shad Gregory Moss) will follow up his multi-platinum debut album with “Doggy Bag,” due Dec. 18 via So So Def/Columbia. Produced by Jermaine Dupri, the guest-packed album features appearances by Jagged Edge, Da Brat, Xscape, Fundisha, Khim Davis, Aaliyah Minter, Lil Corey, R.O.C., and Tigah.
“Doggy Bag” is led by first single “Thank You,” which debuted at No. 7 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart this week. Behind-the-scenes footage of the video shoot for the track will be seen Dec. 4 on BET’s “Access Granted.”
The 14-year-old’s 2000 debut, “Beware of Dog,” bowed at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 8 on The Billboard 200. The album was certified double-platinum in March of this year by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. sales of 2 million copies.
“Beware of Dog” saw three singles released, “Ghetto Girls,” “Bow Wow (That’s My Name),” and “Bounce With Me.” The latter two topped Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles charts, a feat that earned Lil Bow Wow a listing in “The Guinness Book of World Records” as the youngest solo rapper to hit No. 1 on the U.S. charts.
The pint-sized star will make his big screen debut in the 20th Century Fox film “Like Mike,” due in June in U.S. theaters. The plot has Lil Bow Wow’s character finding a pair of sneakers that give him the basketball skills of Michael Jordan. The budding actor previously appeared in MTV’s “Carmen: A Hip Hopera,” and has made guest appearances on both “Moesha” and “The Steve Harvey Show” dating back to 1996.
Around the same time as the film’s release, Lil Bow Wow will launch Bow Ware, his own line of clothing.