Bow Wow retires from rap at age 29

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Rapper Bow Wow Retiring

Rappers, they grow up so fast. Shad Moss, who came to fame as the pint-size rapper Lil Bow Wow before abandoning the prefix for his adult hits, announced he will be retiring from music after the release of his forthcoming album, NYLTH. "Over 10 million sold. This is the last one," the 29-year-old told fans on Twitter, adding, "I always said years ago I'd retire from music before 30. I just cant see myself at 30 years old rapping ... Why be greedy? I'm good with everything I accomplished." While his rap career may be coming to an end, Moss will not be retiring from his onscreen career, which includes the 2002 film Like Mike, as well as stints on Entourage, 106 & Park, and CSI: Cyber.

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386212 04: Rapper Lil Bow Wow attends the 32nd Annual NAACP Image Awards March 1, 2001 in Universal City, CA. (Photo by Newsmakers)
381258 16: Rapper Lil'' Bow Wow poses for photographers backstage at the 2000 Radio Music Awards at the Alladin Hotel November 4, 2000 in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Newsmakers)
385417 01: Rapper Lil'' Bow Wow poses for a photo at the Reebok Hoop Magic Celebrity Basketball exhibition game of Rappers against the players of Rucker's Park, New York City at George Washington University February 10, 2001 in Washington DC. The event is part of the NBA All Star Weekend. (Photo by Vivian Ronay/Liaison)
American rapper Lil' Bow Wow, born Shad Gregory Moss, circa 2000. (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)
Lil' Bow Wow with his mother Teresa Caldwell backstage at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001. Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect
SANTA MONICA, CA - APRIL 21: Singer Lil Bow Wow displays his award for 'Favorite Male Singer' at the Nickelodeon 14th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 21 April 2001 in Santa Monica, California. He won with his hit 'Bounce With Me'. AFP PHOTO Frederick M. Brown (Photo credit should read FREDERICK M. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
FLUSHING, QUEENS, NY - AUGUST 25: Athlete Serena Williams, rapper Lil' Bow Wow and pop group O-Town: Jacob Underwood, Erik-Michael Estrada, Trevor Penick, Ashley Parker Angel and Dan Miller attend the Sixth Annual Arthu Ashe Kids Day on August 25, 2001 at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
399369 82: Rapper Lil'' Bow Wow attends the 29th Annual American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium January 9, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Lil' Bow Wow makes an appearance during a special week of celebrity hosts on TRL at the MTV Studios in New York City. 4/4/02 Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images
406074 36: Rapper Bow Wow attends the 2002 MTV Movie Awards at The Shrine Auditorium June 1, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 18: (U.S. TABS OUT) Bow Wow appears on stage during MTV's Total Request Live June 18, 2003 at the MTV Times Square Studios in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 29: (U.S. TABS OUT) Bow Wow and Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes perform on stage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios August 20, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 16: Rapper Bow Wow attends the 31st Annual American Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium November 16, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 20: Rapper Bow Wow poses for photos during an in-store appearance to sign copies of his new album 'Unleashed' at Best Buy August 20, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 14: Rapper Bow Wow shoots during the Celebrity Shootout at Jam Session on February 14, 2004 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 12: Rapper Bow Wow poses for a photo following his performance at City Hall Park for an event at J&R Music World July 12, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 13: (U.S. TABS OUT) Rapper/actor Bow Wow poses for a photo backstage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios July 13, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 3: Rapper Bow Wow performs during BET's Scream Tour IV: The Heartthrobs at the Orleans Arena on August 3, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 13: (U.S. TABS OUT) Rapper/actor Bow Wow appears onstage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios on June 13, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 18: Rapper Bow Wow performs on stage at BET studios during a taping of ''106 & Park'' on December 18, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 9: Rapper Bow Wow arrives at the premiere of Dreamworks' 'Norbit' at the Mann Village Theatre on February 9, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 22: Rapper Bow Wow arrives at LA Confidential Magazine's annual Oscar Party held at the Skybar at Mondrian, on February 22 ,2006 in Hollywood,CA (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 07: (U.S. TABS OUT) Rapper/actor Bow Wow poses for a photo backstage during MTV's Sucker Free at the MTV Times Square Studios on March 7, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: Rapper Bow Wow attends Warner Brothers' premiere of 'I Am Legend' at The WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden December 11, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12: (U.S. TABS OUT) Rapper Bow Wow attends a taping of BET's 106 & Park at the BET Studios on December 12, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
Singer Chris Brown performs at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO on January 11, 2008. (Photo by Jason Squires/WireImage)
INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 25: Singer Bow Wow performs at Chris Brown's concert tour held at Conseco Fieldhouse on January 25, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joey Foley/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 03: Actor and singer Bow Wow visits MTV's 'TRL' at the MTV studios in Times Square on September 3, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by George Napolitano/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 03: Rapper Bow Wow attends the 'Entourage' season 5 premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on September 3, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Rapper Bow Wow attends the Betsey Johnson Spring 2009 runway show at The Tent, Bryant Park on September 9, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 23: American rapper/actor Bow Wow visits Planet Hollywood on February 23, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)
Rapper and actor Bow Wow celebrates his birthday at Greenhouse on March 29, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 19: Rapper/actor 'Bow Wow' arrives at 'Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family' Los Angeles Premiere at The Dome at Arclight Hollywood on April 19, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 14: Rapper Bow Wow arrives to enjoy an evening at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at the Paris Las Vegas on January 14, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steven Lawton/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10: Rapper/actor Bow Wow visits the SiriusXM Studios on December 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Rapper Bow Wow performs during BET's 106 And Park 2013 New Years Eve Party at BET Studios on December 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Rapper Bow Wow attends BET's Black Girls Rock 2012 CHEVY Red Carpet at Paradise Theater on October 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for BET)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 30: (L-R) TV personality Angela Simmons, rapper Bow Wow, and actor Tony Rock attend 106 & Park Stage Pre-Show during the BET Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Ricard/Getty Images for BET)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 05: Hosts Bow Wow and Angela Simmons pose with rapper Fat Joe during BET's '106 and Park' at BET Studios on August 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/BET/Getty Images for BET)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 05: Rapper Bow Wow attends the Z Zegna & GQ celebration of the new Z Zegna hosted by Nick Jonas at Philymack, Inc. on February 5, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Actor/rapper Bow Wow (aka Shad Moss) attends the Pantene Style Stage during BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto Rodriguez/BET/Getty Images for BET)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 20: Rapper Bow Wow attends the BET Hip Hop Awards 2014 presented by Sprite at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on September 20, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 02: (L-R) Actress Bridgid Coulter, actor Don Cheadle, and rapper Shad 'Bow Wow' Moss attend the SHOWTIME And HBO VIP Pre-Fight Party for 'Mayweather VS Pacquiao' at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for SHOWTIME)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Rapper Bow Wow attends the 2015 American Music Awards Pre Party with Coca-Cola at the Conga Room on November 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for CSE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Rapper Bow Wow speaks at the 2015 American Music Awards Pre Party with Coca-Cola at the Conga Room on November 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for CSE)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 12: Rapper Shad 'Bow Wow' Moss arrives at the VIP Pre-Fight Party for 'High Stakes: Mayweather v. Berto' presented by Showtime at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Showtime)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Rapper Bow Wow arrives at the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - MAY 07: Rapper Bow Wow, aka Shad Gregory Moss, attends the premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Angry Birds' at Regency Village Theatre on May 7, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
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