Bow Wow Calls Out Hip-Hop Labels for Promoting ‘Subpar’ Artists

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 03: Bow Wow attends the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2023 on October 03, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images)

Bow Wow is sharing his thoughts on the current state of hip hop.

The So So Def alum took to X (formerly Twitter) on Monday, Oct. 16, to air his concerns about major labels promoting “subpar” artists in the industry.

“Can we please bring back artist development at these labels? Do these labels even care about these artists?” he asked his followers on social media.

Referring to hip-hop labels, he continued, “Y’all be throwing them on platforms knowing they’re not ready. A boxer is trained and taught before battle. We just keep throwing these subpar a– artists out here with no proper teaching.”

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The veteran rapper took a moment to highlight “real ones” he believes deserve more attention for the work they’re putting out, such as Samba, Westside Boogie, Lady London, and Lola Brooke.

“Stop pushing that bs on us! The fans are waking up and hip hop is about to change for the better,” he continued. “Stay in the house if you’re playing, and move over and let the real ones play.”

The Roll Bounce actor concluded his thoughts by calling out the newer generation of rappers.

“They can’t talk. I don’t understand what the f–k they saying. Be dry as hell in interviews,” he said.

He went on to express, “Y’all know I take the stage serious! I don’t even wanna get on they stage presence. Rapping over vocals, s–t is sloppy out here, man. We gotta clean this s–t up. Get better or get the f–k out the way.”

This isn’t the first time Bow Wow has vented about the current state of rap music.

In June 2023, the “You Can Get It All” rapper expressed similar sentiments about recent hip hop releases during a red carpet interview by Los Angeles radio station Power 106 at the BET Awards.

At the time, Bow Wow referred to much of the current music in the genre as “trash.”

“Stop putting out trash a– music,” he said. “Everything sound alike, everything repetitive, same tempo.”