Bow Wow Debuts as New Host of BET’s 106 and Park, Explains Why He Took Job

Rucuss staffOctober 2, 2012

The BET network unveiled its new hosts of its popular show 106 & Park on Monday.

Detroit Hot 107.5 radio DJ’s Shorty Da Prince and Paigon, Miss Mykie from Houston, Tx. and Bow Wow. The network decided to add two more hosts to the line up after former hosts Rocsi and Terrence J left the show after seven years.

The crowd appears to be pleased with the new hosts. But some fans on social media networks has mixed feelings about Bow Wow joining the show. Many didn’t think it was a good career move. Bow Wow did an interview after his first show to address those critics.

“It feels good, it feels refreshing, it feels right,” Bow Wow said. “I feel that no other  artist could have done anything like this. If another artist were to do something like this, they would think that they fell off or got played and I agree. I think the only reason why I am able to get away with this  job, and to add something so major like this to my credentials, is the fact that everyone knows the history of Bow Wow. Not only with BET but 106 and Park. I was like the first artist to really jump it off and create this audience and I’ve been connected with them for 13-14 years. Me being named ‘Mr. 106 and Park’ and  not only that, but having the most videos ever retired on BET.  So to have  all that, it’s like ‘why not’? It makes sense. I think for an artist, if  you don’t have those connections and never had that type of history and the  people didn’t know it, I think they would see it a little different.

I’m in a new city. I’m in New York.  I get to live here. Move around and  work with a lot of artists that I’ve been dying to work with. Now they can’t dodge me because they gotta come through my spot.

Even if you take the origin of 106 and what it means. Even with Free and AJ, they set the bar so high. BET went through a transitional stage once they left, then they got Terrence and Rocsi. After you get four hosts like that America has loved over the past four years, and that’s all they’ve been seeing, it’s like, ‘Where do you go from there’. [Because people don’t like change]. So it’s like, if you change it then make it big. Man, this is big. I’m not saying it because it’s me. It’s big because they’ve never had an artist do something like this before.”

Check out the new hosts introductions below.


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