Rapper Shad "Bow Wow" Moss in 2008. (Jason DeCrow/AP)

Update: Bow Wow told Us Weekly his daughter, Shai, is three-months old.

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Bow Wow is definitely not Lil’ anymore. The rapper and actor has revealed he is a father.

“For the past three years I been batteling life. Even thought about taking my own,” he wrote Wednesday in a letter to fans. “I felt like as a kid I did everything and saw everything too fast which spoiled my adult years. I felt as if I had no purpose to live (Thinking selfishly) until God gave me the illest gift of my life.”

That gift is a three-month-old daughter named Shai, the 24-year-old revealed.

Bow Wow has been hinting at his parental status on his Twitter feed recently. The Web site MediaTakeOut.com posted a picture reported to be his daughter. He denied it was his child in late June, tweeting, “I dont need no blogs to tell my fans nuffn. Ill share my personal issues with my people when i feel comfortable. They will be 1st to know.”

Bow Wow has declinded to name the mother. But multiple sources have reported that his ex, self-described “video vixen” Joie Chavis, is his child’s mother.

“She inspires me to go harder,” he wrote of his daughter. “Even made me treat my mother better, its like it made me into a man over night.”