Bow Wow left Cash Money after six years without releasing his Underrated album. He says that he didn’t realize how much time was going by while he was there given his work hosting 106 & Park, among other things.

“I had so many other things going on [besides music],” the rapper says to XXL. “Then 106 comes and I do that for two years. I was making so much money outside of rap that I was so comfortable, I wasn’t even checking for music like that. I never even blew up the label’s phone like, ‘Yo, what’s going on?’ I never once tripped because I was cool. I was fortunate to have so many hustles that not doing one wasn’t hurting me. The only thing that was hurting me was the fact that my fans would want music or I wanted to put out stuff. It was a situation that I wished worked out for the best, because any situation that I do, I want it to work. Anything you do in business, you want it to win.”

He says that there was never any bad blood between him and the label.

“I had a great time over there,” he says. “I had a chance to learn a lot from everybody. I’m still cool with them to this day. I have no problem with nobody over there. I’m just a non-confrontational dude. I just did my business the cool way and the respectable way because you never know when you might need somebody.”

The multi-talented businessman also explains his name change. A year ago, he announced on Instagram that he was changing his stage name from Bow Wow to his given name, Shad Moss. He tells the magazine that he made the announcement because he is now known for more than music.

“I had to go to this CBS event and it was like, I can’t come as Bow Wow,” he says. “There’s a different level of shit. As an actor, I’m standing next to Patricia Arquette—who’s now an Oscar Award winner—and I have to align myself in this elite class. It’s no different than when Jay Z goes as Shawn Carter when he’s suited up handling other business.”

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