By Jeff Labrecque
July 07, 2011 at 04:16 PM EDT

Rapper Bow Wow, who was selling records and making movies when he was in his early teens, is a father. In a reflective letter to his fans posted on his official website, the 24-year-old artist revealed that he has a 3-year-old daughter. “For the past 3 years i been batteling life. Even thought about taking my own. I felt like as a kid i did everything and saw everything too fast which spoiled my adult years. I felt as if i had no purpose to live(Thinking selfishly) until god gave me the illest gift of my life,” he wrote. “My lil girl is getting BIG fast. i love every minute of it. She inspires me to go harder. Even made me treat my mother better, its like it made me into a man over night.”

Bow Wow does not live with his daughter or her mother, and that has become a source of frustration. “I want her to live with me so bad. Jus us 2,” he wrote. “Thats my dream man but fellas yall know how it go. Baby gotta stay with they momma and all dat bull. I hate that! So i have to fly 5 hrs away to see her. I find myself going into my i phone book jus lookn at pix of her. Sometimes i tear up cuz i just cant believe it brotha be emotional. All in all im good.”