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24 Reasons Bow Wow Is An American Treasure

Where my dogs at? Bark with me now.

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He announced the news on his own Instagram on Sunday, saying that he's matured into his next phase.

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"ANNOUNCEMENT: After BET awards i will no longer go by Bow Wow! 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. Bow wow does not fit who i am today. Ima father, business man, TV host, Actor, and rapper! Time for MR Moss to take over!"

1. First of all, just look at the man. That tie. Those shoes. That smirk.

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And it's kind of weird, because you've sort of watched him grow up.

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2. He was basically the coolest 6-year-old of all time, after being discovered by Snoop Dogg at his concert in L.A.

It wasn't long until he was being mentored by Jermaine Dupri and chillin' with Hova.

3. If you need proof, here he is slaying on the mic at 6-years-old on the Arsenio Hall Show.

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I mean, he's basically rapping like a G and Arsenio picks him up at the end because he is a BABY. A genius, rapping baby prodigy.

7. And when it came to work, he was focused and intense from the start.

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9. I mean, "Bounce With Me" is a certified jam.

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10. And even now you'll sometimes catch yourself swaying and singing "Bow wow wow yippee yo yippee yay" to yourself.

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And who knew BowWow.com was basically a beta Ok Cupid?!

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18. He's personal and relatable, and not afraid to get real with his fans.

Hangovers, man.

20. And is passing on all of his charm to the next generation.

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"Style on em boo boo! Oooo tellm shai shai say "i got my daddy swagger" happy fathers day to the real men out there!"

Bow Wow parenting tip #1: Treat your little girl like a princess.

22. And now he's basically the king of daytime TV – perhaps laying the foundation for a shot at late night?

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The Tonight Show With Shad Moss??