Bow Wow recently shared a video on Instagram in which he’s being chased down a street by rabid fans, not unlike The Beatles in “A Hard Day’s Night”, but after watching the footage some commenters on social media questioned whether the whole thing was a setup.
In fact, some Twitter users accused the rapper (real name: Shad Moss) of paying people to pretend to chase him, presumably to create the illusion that he’s far more popular with fans than he actually is.
The video, taken in Charlotte, North Carolina, depicts Bow Wow running down a street while a small mob of fans trails behind him. “On tour and im still getting chased. 😂😂😂,” he writes, adding: “Im 30, i think i pulled something 😂”
The post, however, elicited several comments from his Instagram followers questioning the veracity of the video — with some marvelling at the coincidence that whoever was filming it just happened to be standing in the exact spot where he’d be running past.
One Twitter user, in fact, even claimed that Bow Wow paid the alleged “fans” to chase after him.
Bow Wow, however, is denying that he paid anyone to chase him, contending the whole thing happened spontaneously when he saw fans waiting for him after a show as he tried to get to his tour bus.
In a video interview with TMZ (above), Bow Wow describes what happened just prior to the chase shown in the video.
“Our tour buses was parked, like, not really where they’re supposed to be,” he explains. “I remember just being at the top of the loading dock with Jermaine [Dupri], and Jermaine is like, ‘Yo, you cannot go out there.’ I’m like, ‘Look, I’m not about to stand here in the loading dock all day. We gotta get to the bus.’ So I told him, I said, ‘Well, I’m going to try to run around the crowd,’ and he’s like ‘Good luck.’”
He adds: “It was smooth until, like, one [fan] grabbed my shirt and I said ‘OK, I’m about to just make a dash.'”
So far, nobody else has come forward to verify Bow Wow’s version of events, although it should be noted that he was previously caught in a big fat fib when he posted a photo of a private jet on Instagram, writing that it was a “travel day” and implying the jet was his; later that same day, he was photographed flying commercial on an airline, while the private jet pic was later revealed to be a photo from a Fort Lauderdale transportation service.