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Young rapper Bow Wow to concentrate on acting

By malcolm Published: May 27, 2008

Another week and another rapper wants to be an actor.
This week it's Bow Wow who is coming off a sucessful collaborative album with fellow teen hearthrob Omarion.

According to the Associated Press, the rapper known as Shad Moss by his mama is going full steam ahead with his acting career.

Bow Wow will become a regular on HBO's "Entourage" when the show returns for its fifth season this fall, according to reports.

The rapper takes on the role of Charlie, a stand-up comic who becomes the latest client of Eric, played by Kevin Connolly.

"After 16 years in the music industry and six successful albums, I've decided to shift my energy to something else I'm passionate about, acting," said the artist, according to E! Online. "I'm going to try to be the next Will Smith."

The 21-year-old rapper, whose real name is Shad Moss, is currently filming the New Orleans-based sports drama "Patriots" opposite Forest Whitaker and Isaiah Washington. His movie resume also includes "Roll Bounce" and "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift."

Perhaps as he said after spending 16 of your 21 years on earth making teen rap hits perhaps the grown up Wow is reading the tea leaves.
He's already surpassed the average rap career by about 10 years and three albums so he (and his team) likely figure that the teenage fans he's been marketed to will contine to grow up and his albums sales (along with the rest of the industry) are likely to dwindle. After good notices for his work in Roll Bounce he's got a much better chance of continued fame and fortune as an actor.

Also, Tokyo Drift sucked so bad, I wouldn't bother to put that on my resume.

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