Bow Wow wants to know how a joke he made on his single turned into an Internet-wide rumor that he has a beef with his good friend Omarion. Well, he did make light of O's penchant for wearing form-fitting trousers.
"It just shows you how uptight people are about certain things. The song is a joke record," Bow told MTV News of the verse on the remix of Hot Stylz's punch-line-driven "Lookin' Boy."
"Damn, them is tight, you's a O, Omarion-lookin' boy," he says in the song. To make matters worst, at the end of the record, B-Dub adds, "I didn't know me and you was gonna be going at it. I was just having fun."
"I was talking to Yung Joc the other day; we was laughing about it," B. Weezy said, momentarily interrupting the interview to tell his driver to hook a left. "I said, 'I can't believe out of all the names y'all say, nobody says nothing. I get one line, I got everybody's attention. I'm on every Web site.' People always hate on me, but they're always in tune to what I'm doing. In a way, I get the last laugh. At the end of the day, the song is a joke record. It's about your boys and you all jawning [joking] on each other. Can't nobody tell me they ain't never went to school and said, 'Your momma this, your momma that,' knowing they ain't mean it.
"O is my homeboy, and I even joke with O about how tight he wears his jeans," Bow added. "He knows how tight his jeans are. That's my homeboy. Everybody knows how tight Omarion wears his pants. It's not a secret. So why is everybody jumping on me? It's a fact. Plus, it's a joke. So why wouldn't I joke on my homeboy?"
Bow said his remarks at the very end of the song weren't aimed at O at all, but another one of his inner circle who rapped on the record. He said the friend — whose vocals were taken off the record — got on the song and joked on him real hard.
"At the end, I know everybody thinks I was dissin', because I say, 'I didn't know we was going at each other.' One of my homeboys got on the record with me. When I wrote my verse, I didn't write about my homeboy, but my homeboy wrote about the entire crew, so I was shocked. I was telling my homeboy, 'Dang, dog, I didn't know you was going at me.' Everybody assumed I was going at Omarion, [but] I was talking about one of my best friends who was on the song with me. So, nah, it's not a dis. I know it's a recession and everybody is uptight, but damn! I wouldn't do that."
Bow says he and O are so tight, he would do another Face Off record with him in a heartbeat — assuming the business and record-label promotion is right. For now, Bow is concentrating on another high-profile collaboration: with Soulja Boy Tell'em. The pair have been doing records together for official albums as well as mixtapes.
"Me and Soulja Boy have been going in," he said. "We're trying to put together this mixtape. We're gonna give the people what they ask for. Next thing you know, they gonna ask me and Soulja Boy Tell'em to do an album together. Everybody is always picking on us anyway. We might just go 'head and kill the game and sh-- on all these n---as. Do a mixtape album together, put it out and go hard!"
Bow and Soulja just shot a video for "Marco Polo," a record SB produced and rapped on.
"I'm back stronger than ever and different," Bow said. " 'Marco Polo' is gonna be a hit record. It's an undeniable hit record. I had to get one of those silly records. Soulja Boy laced me. His beats knock! If you need one of the hard club bangers to get the crowd poppin' ... a good, snap, ghetto-ass beat, then Soulja Boy is the one. You need to come to Atlanta and get you one. His beats is ridin'. Then we did this other song called 'Get Money.' All the hate is doing is motivating him. He's getting better, perfecting his craft."
Meanwhile, Bow thinks he knows where he stands in the game. "I'm stuck in between old school and new school," he said. "Because I'm 21 years old, I'm classified in the lightweight division of hip-hop. I look at hip-hop as having a lightweight, middleweight and a heavyweight division. It's kinda hard for me, because I'm old but new at the same time. It makes my job harder because I gotta keep up. I gotta do the things Snoop would do every time he drops an album. You gotta give them something different. With this album, I get to bring the acting side of Bow in with the rap side of Bow Wow. It's being displayed in the 'Marco Polo' video. People not even gonna know it's me. Then I got a song called 'Where the Big Girls' for the big girls. The video comes in at the end of the 'Marco Polo' video. You're gonna see me in the video with a big girl. She's doing her thing, working it out, and I'm working it out with her.
Bow's next album, Pedigree, is slated to drop toward the end of the year. (He's a fourth-quarter staple.) DJ Khaled, T-Pain, Lil Wayne, T.I., Swizz Beatz, Soulja Boy and Nelly are all on the LP, and collaborations with R. Kelly and Chris Brown are in the can as possible other cuts. Before the album's release, however, we're going to get a plethora of music and a theater tour. He's putting out two volumes of the mixtape, titled Half Man, Half Dog, with DJ Infamous, as well as three official singles. (And this is the same Bow Wow who said in June that acting, not music, was his top priority!)
"Whoever wants me out the game, it's not gonna happen," he said. "This video and album are gonna re-energize me and bring me to a whole new audience."