His new album, the hopefully titled Unleashed, continues that trend, skillfully but uneasily walking the line between material for the Nickelodeon preteens who loved him in Like Mike and the older crowd he dreams of joining on "Eighteen." You have to wonder how long So So Def's Jermaine Dupri can keep Bow Wow in the lil' pups' doghouse.
Like any good Svengali, however, Dupri has plenty of contingency plans. One of them is Cherish, who'll open for Bow Wow on Friday. The female singing group, which Dupri has dubbed "the next Xscape" (also protégés of his, helpfully enough), is touring behind the single "Miss P" and a forthcoming Warner Brothers album.