Jody Rosen
December 15, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Price of Fame

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Wide Release Date
12/18/02
performer
Bow Wow
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a C+

When your rap career begins at age 13, it’s not easy to age gracefully. Bow Wow has made the transition from kiddie MC to barely legal (he turns 20 next year) better than most, but on his new album, The Price of Fame, he spends too much time impersonating a brooding tough guy (”I only trust God and I only trust me”), a persona he has neither the gravitas nor the rhyme skills to pull off. He’s much better on tracks like ”Bet That”: fun, featherweight pop-rap songs about partying, romance, and dropping lots of cash at the mall.

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