Bow Wow

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This baby-faced rapper now has a baby of his own.

Bow Wow, who shot  to fame at age 12 when he was discovered by Snoop Dogg, is now a 24-year-old man with a child of his own, whose birth he had kept secret until today.

And he says the infant has saved his life.

The rapper, real name Shad Gregory Moss, took to his personal website to reveal to fans that he became a dad to daughter Shai Moss back in June.

"My lil girl is betting BIG fast," he write. "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 over night."

Bow Wow, who had previously gone on the offensive against gossip sites that had run stories of the child's birth, explains why he finally decided to come clean.

"I waited so long to tell yall the truth because I was nervous on how yall would look at me," he write. "Yall know everyone makes a big deal out of everything i do. I wanted to be 1st n let yall know the real.Yes! I change diapers. Aint as bad as I thought hahaha."

The rapper says he won't be revealing photos of his new baby girl to the world anytime soon. She currently lives with her mother, sexy video vixen Joie Chavis.  

"I want her to live with me so bad," wrote the star. "Jus us 2. Thats m y 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 hours away to see her. I find myself going into my phone book jus lookn at pix of her. Sometimes I tear up cuz i just cant believe it brotha be emotional."

Bow Wow says that the "bs" that comes with his baby-mama drama is expected and that he sucks it up and now has a reason to live.

"For the past 3 years I een 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 is I had no purpose to live (Thinking selfishly) until god gave me the illest gift of my life."


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