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Bow Wow: My New Daughter is a Blessing

Rapper opens up about becoming a father

July 7, 2011 2:20 PM ET
Bow Wow: My New Daughter is a Blessing
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Bow Wow revealed on his website Wednesday that he's a father. Now, the 24-year-old rapper and actor tells Us Weekly his daughter, Shai, is 3-months-old.

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"Being that my father was never in my life, this just makes me want to give her everything I wished my father had given me," he tells Us. "She's a blessing."

Bow Wow (who first became a music star as "Lil Bow Wow" at age 13) says in his blog that as a kid, "I did everything and saw everything too fast."

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For that reason, he hopes "my boo boo" can "have everything I didn't." 

"[I] want her to be able to cheerlead with her lil friends without some asshole sticking his camera all in my lil girl face," the first-time father says. "I missed out on so much that I now know how important it is to cherish and have those things in your life."

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Bow Wow declines to name the little girl's mom. "Baby gotta stay with they momma and all dat bull. I hate that!" he vented. "So I have to fly 5 hours away to see her."

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