Circle City Classic is all about the football, the pageantry and you cannot forget the celebrities. This year’s game features two of hip-hop and R&B’s most consistent and talented artists – singer, Monica and rapper, Bow Wow.
Fans can catch them both on Oct. 1 at the Circle City Classic post game show held at Lucas Oil Stadium. The concert is free with a game ticket.
Shad Moss, known on stage as Bow Wow is a double threat. He began his career, under the moniker of Kid Gangsta, at the age of 6 when he impressed rap superstar Snoop Dogg.
Snoop gave him the epithet of Lil Bow Wow and also introduced him to producer Jermaine Dupree. In 2000, Bow Wow debuted his first album, “Beware of the Dog” followed by “Doggy Bag.”
In 2003 he released his third album “Unleashed,” which was the first time the rapper dropped “lil” from his name. He released the certified platinum album “Wanted” in 2005 which featured hit song “Let Me Hold You” featuring singer Omarion and “Like You” featuring singer Ciara.
Other albums include “The Price of Fame” (2006) and “New Jack City II” (2009).
Bow Wow has been seen in videos and also the big screen. He made a cameo appearance in “All About the Benjamins” in 2002 but appeared as the lead character in “Like Mike.”
Bow Wow shone in films and pursued other lead roles in films such as “Johnson Family Vacation,” “Roll Bounce” and “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.”
Bow Wow has also appeared on TV shows such as “Moesha,” “Ugly Betty,” “The Steve Harvey Show” and “Entourage.”
Currently, the Columbus, Ohio, native has returned to his rapping roots. Bow Wow has signed with Cash Money Records and will release “Underrated” later this year.
Monica Arnold was born in Georgia and got her musical roots singing gospel. Under the tutelage of Dallas Austin and Tim and Bob, she released her first album “Miss Thang” in 1995 at the age of 13. Her first two singles “Don’t Take It Personal” and “Before You Walk Out My Life” made her the youngest recording artist to have two consecutive hits on the Billboard Top R&B Singles chart.
In 1998, Monica released album “The Boy Is Mine” teaming up with singer Brandy for the song of the same name. That album also featured hits such as “The First Night” and “Angel of Mine.”
Other albums included “All Eyez on Me” (2002) and “After the Storm” (2003) featuring “So Gone” (her fifth No. 1 hit) and “The Makings of Me” (2006).
Last year, Monica recorded “Still Standing” and was seen on BET in a reality series of the same name. That album spawned songs such as “Everything to Me,” her sixth No. 1 hit, and “Love All Over Me.”
In only about 15 years, Monica has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and became the first artist to top the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010.
Monica recently married Shannon Brown, a guard for the Los Angeles Lakers and has two sons.
Monica’s seventh studio album “New Life” is expected in stores soon. Fans can now hear songs “Until It’s Gone” and “Anything (To Find You)” featuring rapper Rick Ross.
For more information or tickets, call (317) 237-5222 or visit www.circlecityclassic.com.