Two more albums and says he’s ready to call it a night. The onetime teen titan says he’s retiring from the rap game — maybe as early as the age of 22.
“I wanna be the next Will Smith,” the 21-year-old recently said, restating his growing passion for acting while sitting poolside at L.A.’s Le Montrose Suite Hotel. “After the eighth album, I’m done. I already feel it. I love acting. I love my music like I said, but I feel it. After this one, probably one more in me and that’s eight. Like, I’m one [album] behind Nas, and that’s crazy.”
LP number seven comes out later this year. It’s called The Pedigree, and he won’t be hiding his potty mouth.
“It’s funny because everybody always wants to talk about, you know, ‘Bow Wow doesn’t curse. He’s clean,’ which is true,” he explained. “I think a lot of people that are jumping on Bow Wow now are new people, and if you listen to my first album, I was being bad on my first album. Being that that’s the first album, a lot of people probably didn’t catch on then. But I was already saying words at 13 that I probably shouldn’t be saying. If you go back and listen to my first album, every song is bleeped out. You’ll notice words that are being bleeped out. Now it’s really nothing, and I’m looking at y’all like, ‘What’s the big fuss about?’ Like I said, that’s just me being me. I’m not saying that my album is profane. I still gotta remember about the little kids.
“It’s kinda tough to walk it,” he continued, talking about straddling the line between being a grown-up and still appealing to the youth. “I still have the younger generation. The younger kids look up to me. Then again, I have that other fanbase who was with me from the jump who are now adults too. And it’s almost like I gotta cater to both, but if I miss one of ‘em, they’ll go find that other person to fill that slot.”
From adult music to adult films? No, not really. Bow isn’t doing X-rated movies, but he did have to take his clothes off and lay down with a porn star for role as a comedian on “Entourage.”
“I know the girls, they’re going to go crazy when they see it,” he said of his appearance on the HBO series. “The ladies are gonna go crazy when they see Bow Wow’s first sex scene. It’s crazy ’cause for me, it was normal. It was normal, but I know when I look back at it, when I see it, I’m gonna be like, ‘Damn! Look at this. This is crazy!’ I stun myself sometimes, I can’t even front.
“It was with a porn star. I don’t know her name,” he said of the actress. “She probably watching this like, ‘What?! I did a scene with him, and he doesn’t remember my name?!’ Nah, I don’t remember her name, but she was bad though. She was baaaaad! I was cool. I was comfortable with it. I was definitely comfortable with it. It is what it is — normal stuff that happens.”
The fifth season of “Entourage” debuts in September. Meanwhile, Bow has been trying to warm things up for his LP. He just released the videos for “Big Bank Take Lil Bank” and the Soulja Boy-featuring “Marco Polo.”