Well, not really changing his name but, like his other rap counterparts Bow Wow is deciding to go by his gov’ment. He decided to retire his stage name after 20 years. Bow Wow will now professionally go by his birth name, Shad Moss. The name change will go into effect after the BET Awards on June 29.

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“After BET awards i will no longer go by Bow Wow!” the 27-year old announced on Instagram. “Im going by my real name ‘Shad Moss’ we made alot of history as bow wow. Now its time for the next chapter and challenge.”

The Cash Money artist added, “Bow Wow does not fit who i am today,” he explained. “Ima father, business man, TV host, Actor, and rapper! Time for MR Moss to take over!

Snoop Dogg gave him the stage name Lil’ Bow Wow in 1993. In 2002, he dropped the Lil’ from his name and just went by Bow Wow.