Cash Money Records’ Bow Wow has stepped forward to address breaking his promise to finally deliver his long-awaited new solo album, Underrated, to fans next month.
Taking to his blog, Bow Weezy said time restraints and minor setbacks have forced the LP’s delay.
“But on to whats important, “UNDERRATED” everyone wants to know why its delayed or why is it getting pushed back. I hear yall jokes “His sh*t aint never droppin” it is dropping. “When I Feel like its right tho” my album sounds nothing like what you’ve heard come out of the camp PERIOD so far. I know yall want this album just as much as i want to deliver it. The thing is tour just ended like 3 n half weeks ago. I left studio to tour which of course set me back. I have to mix all the records which i have just now kinda started. “Sweat” video will be out in a week or 2. Took a minute to finalize all the graphics and detail because of the CGI effects. Also dont forget im stil working on my tv sitcom with Ice Cube as well. I think people forget i got 2 jobs (Rapper/Ator) hahaha.. Record just went to radio as well. Not only that but im trying to get India Irie to sing on “Boy Or Girl” being that that sample you are hearing on that record is her. I figured it would be so meaningful and better with her apart of it live.,” [sic] he wrote Saturday (November 27). (Bow Wow Underrated)
Bow Wow also said fans should not take out their anger on his Cash Money boss, Birdman.
“Its taking so long because im putting my all into it. This is not just an album its my pain my life my story me in the now how im feeling. Things are different this time around ima father now to a beautiful baby girl i have so much poetry and new things to share with the world. Everything that pops up in the news that yall want to hear me touch on i talk about it. I bare it all on this album. This is my “Classic” Underrated is a classic. This is my best work. So i be d*mn i put it out and it aint right. Dont blame my label they have nothing to do with my decision. Birdman lets me be a boss and do what i want. He my manager so of course he wants the best for me. 2012 ull get it. In the mean time ill keep you all updated through youtube with my “Underrated” Webisodes. As for me ima jump back in the studio and get the working. Being that thats all i ever do is work. Love yall and stay away from them damn blogs its bad for your health. Ima always keep it 100 with yall and let yall know the real on anything i got going on even if its bad if its the truth ill own up to it. 100 and get ready for UNDERRATED YMCMB” [sic] (Bow Wow Underrated)
Around mid-November, reports of his LP getting pushed back emerged online.
While he promised fans he wouldn’t push it back again, Bow Wow’s Cash Money debut Underrated has been moved from December 6 to an unspecified 2012 date. The 24-year-old rapper recently shot a video for lead single “Sweat” with Lil Wayne. Additionally, projects from Monica, Birdman, Nicole Scherzinger, and Taio Cruz won’t hit shelves until the new year, and we’ve heard that albums from Young Money’s Tyga and Lil Twist will also not arrive in time for Christmas. (Rap-Up)
In September, the 24 year-old rapper promised December 6th would be the project’s final release date.
“Letter to my fans: What up tho? me working hard as ever on this “Underrated Album”. So how do i say this with out making my fans some what a lil upset.. well i guess i cant right? but naw on the real im happy to announce the last and final release date on Underrated. New date will be DECEMBER 6TH. Reason being is mixing plus clearances for the records. Typical (Business Sh*t) no biggie. This album is more important to me than anything. For the last 2 years i have been working on this album since the day i signed. Even while working on “Lottery Ticket” and “Madea’s Big Happy Family”. I want this to be perfect not just for myself but for yall as well. No im not tryna build hype i believe the hype will build as we get closer to December and if you ask me the hype is already building.” [sic] (Bow Wow Underrated Blog)
Bow Wow’s last solo album, New Jack City II, dropped in 2009.
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