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Young Money/Cash Money recording artist, Shad “Bow Wow” Moss, has been named one of four new hosts on BET’s 106 & Park. The rapper will join fellow music artist Mykel “Miss Mykie” Gray as well as Detroit radio personalities Jordan “Shorty Da Prince” Johnson and Kimberly “Paigon” Walker in replacing Terrence Jenkins and Rocsi Diaz. It was announced in May that Jenkins and Diaz would be leaving the show to pursue other endeavors. Jenkins has joined E! News as a correspondent, while Diaz is rumored to be a finalist to host X-Factor.
Bow Wow, who has appeared on the popular cable music show more than any other entertainer, seemed to be a natural choice. His label boss, Bryan “Baby” Williams agrees.
“In addition to being a great rapper, he is a natural personality with great star power and style,” Williams told AllHipHop.com. “He brings a new air to the network and my brother ‘Slim’ and I couldn’t be more proud. This is another great example of YMCMB expanding our presence in the television and film world.”
While it is nice to have the support of the bosses, no one is more proud and excited for this new opportunity than Bow Wow. “I am very excited to take on this new journey in my career with BET,” he said. “I’m all about branding myself and not just in music, but in TV and movies. Everyone always wants to compare me to the Fresh Prince, well now they can call me the Fresh Prince of 106 & Park. Get ready for a whole new world.”
In addition to his new hosting duties, Bow Wow will continue to make music. He will release his new album, Underrated, later this year or early next year. Also, he will continue his film career.
Though the other hosts may not be as well-known as Bow Wow, that is not to say that they are not accomplished in their own right. Gray is a Howard University alum, singer, songwriter, model and dancer. She has performed as an opening act for artists such as Caribbean sensation Sean Paul and Houston rapper Slim Thug. Walker is a graduate of Western Michigan University, former producer of “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” and “The Rickey Smiley Show” and radio host for Detroit’s Hot 107.5. Johnson was signed to Atlantic Records at the age of fifteen as a rapper. He went on to work as an on-air personality for Detroit’s Hot 102.5.
Bow Wow, also known as Mr. 106 & Park, was a surprise addition to the lineup; however, Gray, Walker and Johnson beat out thousands of hopefuls during a nationwide search which included online submissions and on-screen tests. Walker and Johnson have been affiliated with the show since December 2011 when they hosted BET’s Notarized. They also appeared on the Grammy’s red carpet as correspondents in early 2012. They, along with Gray and Bow Wow, will host five days a week. Check bet.com for more information including show times.