By Chuck Arnold Jessica Herndon V.R. PETERSON
January 29, 2007 12:00 PM

The Price of Fame


You know that Bow Wow is lil’ no more when he teams up with the original mack daddy, R. Kelly, on “I’m a Flirt,” a pimpish yet playful duet that might have raised some eyebrows earlier in the young rapper’s career. But Bow Wow is now almost 20 and has been romancing the likes of Ciara (with whom he split last year), so he’s ready to put all that kid stuff behind him on this, his fifth CD. With the novelty of his youth gone, though, Bow Wow is just a middle-of-the-pack emcee. He lacks the requisite bite on harder cuts like the title track, but on R&B-flavored jams like the hit “Shortie Like Mine” (with Chris Brown), he can still muster up some boyish charm.

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