At 17 years old,
"When I was 17, it was time for me to step it up and walk in the DMV and go ahead and get my license," Bow Wow says. "Walked in, sat at the computer, doing the test, doing the test. They start asking the feet: 'How far do you have to stand behind the car?' Now, this is killing my brain right now. The next thing you know, the computer tells me [to] go see the lady at the desk, and I'm thinking, 'All right. I passed.' "
Not quite. While Bow Wow, who at 17 already had a successful career with a couple of albums under his belt, felt confident he'd aced the exam, the results showed otherwise.
"Went up there, was as arrogant as possible, like, 'I'm ready. Where do I go take my picture at?' " he explains. "And the lady said, 'No. You failed.' I was like, 'What?' "
Bow Wow may have been surprised, but his mother was not. "I told him, 'Bow, you have to study this driver's book,' " his mother, Teresa, recalls.
Of course, her son didn't take the advice.
"I was really hurt because that's every 17-year-old's dream is to get their license," Bow Wow says.
He didn't give up, though. Bow Wow, who ended up purchasing the Maserati anyway after failing the test, tried again — and again. Find out how he finally managed to get behind the wheel on the season premiere of "When I Was 17."
"When I Was 17" — this week featuring Bow Wow, Christopher Mintz-Passe and Colbie Caillat — premieres Saturday at 11 a.m. ET on MTV.