After months of gossip and speculation, Bow Wow has taken to his Bow Wow Today website to finally fess up about being a father. The 24-year-old rapper posted an article titled ‘Fan Letter’ and in it he expresses the joys and challenges of fatherhood and fame.
The letter reads “Let me start off by saying i love my fans. With out yall i wudda been left the game. For the past 3 years i been battling life. Even thought about taking my own.
“I felt like, as a kid i did everything and saw everything too fast, which spoiled my adult years. I felt as if i had no purpose to live (thinking selfishly) – until God gave me the illest gift of my life. No lambo, no blk card nuffn ammounts to my lil girl.
“I waited so long to tell yall the truth because i was nervous on how yall would look at me. Yall know everyone makes a big deal out of everything i do.
“My lil girl is getting BIG fast. i love every minute of it. She inspires me to go harder.
“Even made me treat my mother better, its like it made me into a man overnight.”
He then explains the hardships of being a famous father and how he hopes to give his baby girl everything he didn’t have and the freedom to live life away from the limelight ” Want her to be able to cheerlead with her lil friends with out some a–hole sticking his camera all in my lil girl face. I know how fame is. I missed out on so much that i now know how important it is to cherish and have those things in your life”
He even jokes about the not so pleasant activities that come with fatherhood saying “Yes! I change diapers. Aint as bad as i thought hahaha.”
Towards the end of the letter Bow Wow reveals that him and his baby’s mother (model Joie Chavis), are not together ” I want her to live with me so bad. Jus us 2. Thats my dream man but fellas yall know how it go. Baby gotta stay with they momma and all dat bull. I hate that! So i have to fly 5 hrs away to see her. I find myself going into my i phone book jus lookn at pix of her. Sometimes i tear up cuz i just cant believe it brotha be emotional. All in all im good”
In his concluding paragraph Bow Wow sends a hopeful message to his fans saying ” I know all my fans gone support me and ride for her like yall been doin my whole career. To the ones that say ‘I’m heart broken how can he do that to us’, well i do have a life thats not all about movies or making albums. I’m 24 now. I cant wait 4eva.
“I’m happy and if your a fan then ud be happy too cuz yall gone be with me every step of the way.
“The bs that comes with having a baby momma is expected. So i neva trip. Jus gotta suck it up keep chin high and try not let her get the best of my feelings by playin them stupid games.
“Ima stay positive and keep maintaining – long as i got yall, i cant lose. I love yall. And shai shai daddy love u too! Wizzle!!!!”
I suppose Bow Wow is not ‘lil’ anymore. What do you think of the letter?
While most Americans were celebrating Independence Day on Monday night, Trinidad and Tobago born rapper Nicki Minaj was mourning the death of her cousin.
The devastated rapper took to her twitter page to announce that her cousin, whom she referred to only as Nicholas, was murdered in his home town of Brooklyn, New York. Nicki tweeted: “My cousin Nicholas. Also goes by Juse, or @brolicalcoholic* Murdered. Last nite. Near his home. Brooklyn,NY”.
The sad news comes as a huge blow at a time when Nicki Minaj should be celebrating her career success. Just last week, she won the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist award at the annual BET awards and she is currently supporting Britney Spear’s on the Canadian leg of the Femme Fatale tour.
Southern African rapper, Zubz The Last Letta, real name Ndabaningi Mabuye has been relatively quiet for the past 2 years. Apart from featuring in Pebbles’ new album, Phenomenal he’s been under the radar. I bumped into him at Liz Ogumbo‘s re-launch performance at our offices in Rosebank. I asked him where hes been, what hes been up to and whether hes been working on a new album.
Two weeks ago I blogged about the Grammy award- winning hip-hop group Bone Thugs ‘N’ Harmony coming to SA. Their first performance was supposed to take place at the Baseline this past weekend but on Wednesday Computicket announced that there shows were cancelled.
The Sunday Times reports that Australian promoter Steven Azar says that it’s “not a cancellation, but a postponement.”
Yes, it’s true. Bone Thugs ‘n Harmony are on their way to South Africa!
The Grammy Award winning group will perform in Cape Town on 30 and 31 March and on 2 April according to Computicket’s website.
No word yet on performances elsewhere or who their opening act will be.
Even though they released an album in 2010, Uni5: The World’s Enemy, I must admit I haven’t heard anything from them in years!
This is my favourite track of the group.