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Bow Wow
Bow Wow: Kareem Black/Retna

On his fourth album, Wanted, Bow Wow attempts to accomplish what Kris Kross could not: build a puberty-proof bridge from adolescent rap star to adult hitmaker. Working in the 18-year-old’s favor is album producer Jermaine Dupri’s hot streak (Usher, Mariah Carey), which continues on this mostly winning mix of crunching street beats and midtempo R&B grooves. But ultimately, Bow Wow’s low-impact, indistinct musings on success and girls prove he still has lil’ to offer as an MC.