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Bow Wow Retiring From Rap at 29, But Will Release One Last Album With Snoop Dogg

by Sophie Schillaci 11:20 AM PDT, August 08, 2016
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Bow Wow is ready to say goodbye to music.

The 29-year-old rapper, who released his debut album at just 13 years old, is promising fans one final offering before switching his career focus exclusively to movies and TV.

"I always said I'd retire from music before 30," Bow Wow, aka Shad Moss, wrote in a tweet over the weekend. "I just can't see myself at 30 years old rapping."

Moss will ring in the big 3-0 in March of next year, but first, he'll get behind the mic one more time with a little help from his longtime mentor, Snoop Dogg.

"My last album will be Executive Produced by my uncle Snoop and myself," Moss posted on Instagram. "Since he brought me into the game, it's only right that I involve him and end it with him."

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And by the sound of it, Moss isn't preparing to make his exit quietly.

"We aiming and I'm talking RECKLESS on this album," he wrote, announcing the project's title as NYLTH. "NOBODY SAFE."

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Moss made his first big screen starring debut back in 2002's Like Mike. He went on to score high profile gigs in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, HBO's Entourage, and he most recently starred on CBS's CSI: Cyber. Moss also hosted BET's 106 & Park from 2012-2014.

"I'm focusing on acting and hosting," Moss tweeted one fan on Monday. "Also, I'm producing two TV shows this year!"

While his recording career has been on a steady decline since peaking in the early 2000s -- according to the Los Angeles Times, Moss' July 22 release via Cash Money/Universal Republic, Underrated, ranks at No. 24,545 on Amazon's list of best-selling pop-rap albums, and No. 795,915 in overall music releases -- Moss wants you to know that he's definitely not hurting in the financial department.

"It's a blessing to have made millions and can retire before 30," he wrote on Twitter. "I mean, I'm extremely happy."

"When I decided to take years off to do TV and film, they said I fell off," he added. "When JT did it, nobody questioned that."

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"Retirement only means that it is time for a new adventure," he wrote in yet another post. "Over 10 million sold. This is the last one. THANK YOU for the musical journey!"

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Let's just hope Moss' final musical journey doesn't get in the way of football season. Snoop, a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, is already gearing up for the Rams' big move to Los Angeles and is buying a box to celebrate. See what he told ET about the upcoming season in the player below.

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