Bow Wow Unleashed (Sony) Rating: NN Rating: NN
Bow Wow's first album since turning 16 and breaking ties with Jermaine Dupri is an attempt to shake off the Lil' tag. It seems like Bow Wow's mom has taken up the slack since Dupri left; she's listed as co-executive producer, manager and "groomer." So much for creating the impression of being his own man. For Unleashed, he's snagged the A-list of pop-hop producers like the Neptunes, Swizz Beats and Eastsider Lil' Jon, so the beats are solid. Since his mom's still around, the lyrics are clean and as sterile as me, and he raps as if he's unsure what they mean. Still, that won't stop him from being pelted with La Senza Girl products wherever he goes.