The case for why Bow Wow is a rap legend just got a little bit stronger. The former kid rapper announced on Wednesday that he’s creating and hosting a late-night talk show for “college kids and high school students who have nothing to watch at 10pm.” What’s even ballsier is the list of guests he hopes to book on the series.
The 28-year-old star made the ambitious announcement on his Instagram and said his show will be unlike anything that’s currently on the telly, writing, “I felt I HAD to do this. There’s no platform for hip-hop artists no more. Where can they go to promote on TV other than REVOLT (they still growing). That’s crazy. One outlet?!!”
Hate the messenger and not the message, I guess. A couple of rappers have appeared on The Daily Show, The Tonight Show, and all that, but there hasn’t been a late-night program dedicated to “the culture” since Arsenio resurrected The Arsenio Hall Show in 2013. The show was surprisingly cancelled after its first season back. Whether Bow Wow can overcome the sh*tload of unwarranted hate he receives to get his show off the ground remains to be seen, but he’s a man with a plan.
“I learned so much [hosting 106 & Park] to the point [where] I will have my own late-night show coming. I get to run my own show content etc… We will have the best producers and showrunners in the game! Music will play an important key to the show. I want to help the culture and this is my way of giving back to the game that made me!”
Bow Wow says he hopes to get Kendrick Lamar, Michelle Obama, and J. Cole as guests, and hopes to kick the show off with Kobe Bryant. Extra tidbit, Bow Wow’s first televised appearance was on the OG Arsenio Hall show when he was just six years old. Circle of life.