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Bow Wow, Greenlight 4

Quietly, Bow Wow’s become one of hip-hop seasoned vets in a way no other 24-year-old around can claim. His first foray into the mainstream was on the classic 1993 debut from Snoop Dogg, Doggystyle, where he appeared on a skit. As Lil Bow Wow, the Ohio native began making noise as a solo artist on 2000’s Beware of Dog, creating an filling a lane all his own. In the decade plus that’s followed, he’s released six more albums, starred in movies, and had his ups and downs in the industry. Now, the recent Young Money signee is out to prove that he needs to be taken seriously, using the mixtape Greenlight 4 as his avenue.

If what he says in his bars is any indication, Bow Wow wants the DJ ill Will & Dj Rockstar helmed project to separate him from other mid-20s rappers in the game. Though his flow is vigorous and lyrics typically respectable, Wizzle’s rhymes about dro (“Come Smoke With Me Pt. 4”), drinks (“You Drinking Too Much”) and dimes (“How Many Girls Wanna”) don’t do much to distinguish.

If Bow wants to prove what he boasts on “I Got Em Let Em Know,” where he spits,“Out of all the other young’ns, I’m the mothafuckin’ illest,” it’s cuts like the heavy “Boy or Girl,” that he should focus on. Over smooth production and gentle guitar plucks, the new father opens up about the nerves he faced before his child’s birth, kicking two verses—one about how he hopes to raise his newborn if she’s a girl, the other about if the kid is a boy.

This sort of conceptual, honest and vulnerable approach can help the YMCMB signee to standout, and serve as a solid compliment to the bragadoccio he’s honed in on and shouldn’t abandon. With Greenlight 4, Bow Wow inches closer to not being Underrated, as the title of his upcoming album claims. —Adam Fleischer

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  • Daniel

    Still underrating him tsssssssssss!! BOW went hard on every song on greenlight 4

  • GOD2U

    Bow wow is a terrible rapper. Not one memorable line from this kid and hes been in the game For fucking EVER.

    Hes rich tho so props. I just think he should quit. Hes the joke of hip hop right next to Lil B and Kreyshawn.

    • http://thisis50.com PM

      you have to give bow more credit then that, he’s light years ahead of Lil B and Kreyshawn. He never gets his props due to being a child star that was almost pop-rap. He needs to figure out what type of artist he is as an adult. Bow has sold millions and made millions, artist only dream of accomplishing a fraction of what he has. Not saying he is the greatest and my be past his prime for success in the biz, but due got way better flow and lyrics then the likes of those two.

  • T-Mac

    So, this garbage ass mixtape is gettin’ L and R.E.D. Album gettin’ L ? LOL at XXL

  • kyle jones

    L is about right I mean yeah we all know bow can flow but i wouldn’t give this mixtape a XL or XXL those are 4 da classic and near classic

  • kukluxswag

    WTF only L man XXL iz tripping 4 real

  • http://www.facebook.com/L.Q.ENT L.Q.

    This was actually about right…

  • lilweezyofeezy

    xl rating is overused.

  • keaton

    i dont get how this got the same rating as SPitta on Verde Terance. this is bullshit if Curren$y gets a L then bow should get an S. im not trying to sound like a hater cause bow was the first rapper i was allowed to by a rap cd when i was a kid and i sorta follow his music. he isnt bad but he is not going to be a rapper that is remembered for anything. not style, lyrics, or real relevant to rap music

  • fireforreal

    Bow wow is not underrated it’s just he tries sooooooo hard to be hard. He tries to shake his child star image and goes to far trying to be a pretty thug. Now he has a baby mama soI guee he feel h’s as good as all the other rapper with them also. I bet bread that Cash money will release his shit,flop and drop. Less people are checking for Wayne than 2 years ago. Even less are checking for Drake like they did last year and Bow wow thinks he’s gonna shine on Cash money when nobody been checking for him since he did the song with Omarion back 5-6 years ago. He sales and talent has declined like crazy but hey he’s underrated right ? maybe because his first 5 years of success was becaus of Jermaine Dupri.



  • http://www.xxlmag.com Jamalo2

    F**K ALL Y’ALL HATERZ. Bow Wow may not be no kanye, ross or weezy but he’s still doin his own thang