Bow Wow insists his break-up with R+B singer Ciara made him grow-up faster and eventually become a better person.
The 19-year-old rapper used his new album THE PRICE OF FAME as a form of therapy to work through the feelings he had after the couple split.
He explains, "It was an awkward process writing about the pain of the last year and a half, but it was something I had to do.
"That's why I wrote the song SYSTEM. It's about getting someone out of your system."
Bow Wow - real name SHAD GREGORY MOSS - says the couple separated because they ultimately had different goals.
He adds, "It was two people with two different takes on life. I'm 19, I wanted to explore life. I learned from that relationship. It made me mature and a better man."