Singer Chris Brown is setting the record straight following a claim made by rapper Bow Wow. The 35-year-old rapper, whose birth name is Shad Moss, claimed he was supposed to rap on Brown’s first single, “Run It.”
Brown addressed the claim during the June 21 episode of “Drink Champs” after Noreaga told Brown that Juelz Santana, who was featured on the single, had been a guest on the show recently.
The host asked Brown to clear the rumor up because Santana told the hosts that he thought he was the first artist on the single. N.O.R.E also noted that Moss said he was the first during his Soulja Boy “Verzuz” battle. Brown, however, said Moss was the first artist who offered to help him on his album.
“So, you know, Shad is my brother, man,” he said. “But Shad be cap sometimes. But I love Shad! So, Bow, right, so he definitely was the first — I’m talking about the person who said ‘Look, look you want to get on tour? You wanna, I’ma show you how to do this.’ He was not a hater. There was a lot of singers out, there was a lot of other people that was kinda a little bit… so I was like, psh, alright. But Bow was the first one,” he said.
The “Go Crazy” singer went on to say he recorded “Run It” when he was just 14 in Miami and when he was asked who he wanted on the single, he said he wanted Santana.
“But when we did ‘Run It,’ it was like … we did ‘Run It,’ like I said, in the Hit Factory in Miami when I was like 14. They was like, ‘Well, who you want to feature?’ I said, ‘Man, Juelz Santana.'”
Moss was featured on a remix of the track. “Run It” was released in 2005 on Brown’s self-titled first album, “Chris Brown” by Jive Records. The album earned Brown his first Grammy nomination at the 2006 Grammy Awards for Best New Artist.