MTV News: When you were six years old, you were on the "Chronic" tour. How did that happen?
Lil' Bow Wow: When I was at the age of six, my thing was to rap. After watching Snoop and N.W.A., it just made me just wanna rap so much. So as I kept listening to 'em, I would just get anything that looked like a microphone and walk around the house and rap. When the "Chronic" tour came to Columbus, Ohio, which is where I'm from, I had got onstage and I started rapping, and Snoop liked it. He put me backstage, and when I was backstage, he was telling me how good I was for a little six year old. The next day he flew me to L.A., and that's how things got started.
MTV: Did you just jump onstage, or did somebody pull you up there?
LBW: Every act had a little break between 'em. I got on stage during the break and I just started rapping. I was rapping about, you know, just little kid things at the age of six, like toys, school, "1,2,3," stuff like that.
MTV: Snoop flew you out to L.A. and gave you your name. Can you tell us about that?
LBW: When I went out to L.A. with Snoop, I had done a couple of little shows, and I finished the tour out with Snoop. That day he said, "YOur name is gonna be Bow Wow. We're gonna change it." I didn't like it; he did. Since everybody had dog names, it kinda just flowed. I was like "Well, OK, that's fine," and I just kept that name ever since. I ain't gonna change it.
MTV: What would you have named yourself?
LBW: Mmm, I don't know. I have no clue.
MTV: You're six years old, and you're onstage performing in front of all those people. Were you scared or nervous at all?
LBW: Well, performing in front of all those people, it made me just wanna do more. When I see a large crowd, it excites me. If I see a little crowd, it really doesn't excite me, but I know that I have to give 100 percent every time for each person. My thing is, I never get nervous before I go on, 'cause I pray before I go on.
MTV: How about school? Do you have a tutor that goes with you on the road?
LBW: As far as school's concerned, if I'm in my hometown, which is Columbus, Ohio, I will be attending school. If I'm on the road working, I'm gonna have a tutor.
MTV: You are certainly are living an exciting life right now, but do you ever miss going to school with the other kids?
LBW: Yeah. Sometimes I miss a lot of things. But most of the time we try our best to make sure that I can do certain things. As far as football, like, I missed some of football [season] this year, but I'm gonna play my last game, so hopefully that's gonna be pretty good. I really never miss out on anything big, 'cause everything big is in the music industry.
MTV: When you go home, how do your friends treat you now?
LBW: They treat me the same. My friends at school, they don't treat me no different.
MTV: And what about the little girls?
LBW: The girls treat me different. "Go with him, he got money." Their parents be saying, "Go with him."
MTV: That's interesting. Now, how did you meet up with Jermaine Dupri?
LBW: Well, a friend of mine sent the tape to Jermaine. Jermaine liked the tape, and he said, "We gotta fly this kid out to Atlanta." He flew me down to Atlanta, and I had met with Jermaine, me and my parents, and Jermaine was liking it. He had a show that night, and I had did that show with him and Jay-Z. That's how the Jermaine Dupri, Bow Wow, and So So Def thing came.
MTV: They write lyrics for you without profanity in them. Do you ever write for yourself?
LBW: When I'm at home, I write for myself. Next album, I will be writing a whole bunch of things.
MTV: What kinds of topics are you going to address?
LBW: Basically, I try to tell things that involve my daily life or that come with my daily life. We couldn't start the album without Jermaine hanging around me for a whole year, just writing about everyday things we do or we talk about.
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