Shad Moss is a rapper and actor from Columbus, Ohio, who is known by his stage name Bow Wow. Discovering his affinity for rap at an early age, he performed at a show in Los Angeles in 1993 at the age of 6 and caught the attention of Snoop Dogg, who officially dubbed him Bow Wow. He released his debut album Deware of Dog, in 2000 under the name Lil' Bow Wow, and the record became certified double platinum after selling over two million copies. Throughout the 2000s, Bow Wow dropped the "Lil" in his moniker and released five more studio album, which all peaked in the top 10 on the US R&B Chart, and starred movies such as the 2002 film Like Mike and 2010's Lottery Ticket. Bow Wow was signed to Cash Money Records in 2009 and released his first album for the label Underrated, in 2012.