Bow Wow Talks Teen Gun Violence & Humble Beginnings at Church’s Easter Service

Photo Credit: C. Todd Lopez
Photo Credit: C. Todd Lopez

By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

Rapper Bow Wow has no qualms about speaking his mind these days. Usually the Cash Money artist and host of BET’s 106 & Park will take to his Facebook account to voice his opinions and clap back at rumors about himself, but he’s also been opening up a lot more about his personal life these days in his recent interviews. Over the weekend, Bow Wow spoke at Buffalo church True Bethel Baptist and talked to young members about how he managed to not become just another statistic and why he wants them to resist living troubled lives. Bow Wow tells the congregation:

“I was once just like you. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. You’ve got to stay on the right path … It works. If you look at any of your heroes, they all started at the bottom. They all started in the inner city, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a statistic. It doesn’t make you much of a man to have a gun.

“You’ve got to know right from wrong. That’s why you do see me always out of trouble and doing positive things. You gotta believe. You gotta listen to your parents and grandparents and go down that positive path.”


Bow Wow also talked about starting his rap career at age six, and says he always thought rapping would be a good way to make his mother proud:

“I’m sure a lot of mothers wouldn’t approve of that. Ever since then, my life changed. I just really wanted to make my mother proud. Now it’s my turn to give back to my mother. It’s time for the tables to turn.”


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