Celebrating a remarkable decade in the music business — and this week’s release of his seventh CD — 22-year-old Atlanta rapper/actor Bow Wow partied at Buckhead’s Aquaknox last night with many of his local celebrity friends.
But what was particularly remarkable was the number of famous family members: Bow Wow and Jermaine Dupri’s moms. (That’s Bow Wow’s mother Teresa Caldwell, with him, in the top photo. Underneath, that’s Dupri’s mother Tina). Dupri’s dad (Michael Mauldin - in the third photo, far left, with his wife Judy and the late Otis Redding’s son, Dexter). As well as fellow late soul great Isaac Hayes’ son, Isaac “Ike Dirty” Hayes III.
And joining them were new “Real Housewives of Atlanta” addition Kandi Burruss and rapper Rasheeda (pictured together, above), DJ Nabs (second photo), TV producer Tracey Baker-Simmons and music producers Jazze Pha (third photo), Bryan-Michael Cox, Drumma Boy and Dupri.
“This is exciting because this means being a part of history,” said Dupri, who first signed the artist born Shad Moss to his Atlanta-based So So Def Records. “The biggest thing I want everybody to know about this is that Bow Wow is rap history. He’s going to have the longest career in rap ever. Because he started at 12 and he is on his seventh album (‘New Jack City II’). By the time he turns as old as me, Puff and Jay-Z he would have doubled what we did. And nobody will break that record — unless they start at 5!”
“I’m so thankful,” continued Bow Wow. “What I’m doing right now I definitely wasn’t thinking I’d be doing 10 years ago. You know, most guys that come in the game like myself, they come and go. So I’m just happy to be one of the ones that are still here doing it. And for that, I’m thankful.”
Have you been a Bow Wow fan since his 2000 debut “Beware of Dog”? Picked up “New Jack City II” yet — and if so, how would you rate it? Finally, what’s your take on Bow Wow the actor? (Caught him in Entourage?)