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Bow Wow posts picture of himself Photoshopped into Death Row Records, gets dragged

'I was a part of some legendary shit. Blessed.'

Oct 17, 2017, 9:24 am

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Christine Friar

It’s been a bumpy year on social media for Shad Moss—a.k.a. Bow Wow.

The rapper and actor made headlines back in May for pretending he was flying in a private jet on Instagram and then getting caught riding coach on a commercial airline the same day. Now he’s back in the hot seat after an image he tweeted out Monday afternoon turned out to be fake.

Moss tweeted a vintage pic of himself with many early members of Los Angeles’ Death Row record label and included the caption “Where it all started…”

The problem? That pic originally ran in VIBE magazine in the ’90s, and Moss definitely wasn’t in it.

Bow Wow was discovered by Snoop Dogg and given his stage name as a direct reference to Snoop’s, so by sharing the pic he was most likely trying to honor his roots. But wedging his cherub face between the portraits of hip-hop legends like Tupac and Dr. Dre, plus notoriously divisive label head Suge Knight, seemed like a stretch to some fans.

Twitter roasted Moss throughout Monday afternoon and evening.

https://twitter.com/BosNaud/status/920027322656342016

https://twitter.com/chuuzus/status/920021624795131904

Moss is loosely affiliated with the label, though. Certain fans pointed out that while the image might not be real, it was fair for Moss to claim ties to the hip-hop institution.

https://twitter.com/jahmedcarlisle/status/919972208356626432

Moss even shared a screenshot of himself in Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice” video as a receipt.

As the replies continued to snowball, Moss tweeted an explanation later in the day. Apparently, a fan sent him the updated art, he didn’t make it himself.

“Fan sent me the pic its not the original from VIBE,” he wrote. “I’m like damn it just took me back.”

“I was a part of some legendary shit,” he concluded. “Blessed.”

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*First Published: Oct 17, 2017, 9:24 am