Bow Wow thinks his newborn daughter is "a blessing".

The 24-year-old rapper - whose real name is Shad Moss - recently confirmed his ex-girlfriend Joie Chavis has given birth to a daughter, Shai, and he hopes to give the tot everything he wishes his own father had provided him with.

He told US Weekly magazine: "Being that my father was never in my life, this just makes me want to give her everything I wished my father had given me. She's a blessing."

Bow Wow recently admitted he is struggling to cope with being separated from his daughter and dreams of having her live with him, but knows it is difficult to separate a baby from its mother.

He wrote in an open letter to his fans: "I want her to live with me so bad. Just us 2. Thats my dream man but fellas yall know how it go. Baby gotta stay with they momma and all dat bull. I hate that! So i have to fly 5 hrs away to see her. I find myself going into my i phone book jus lookn at pix of her. Sometimes i tear up cuz i just cant believe it...

"The bs that comes with having a baby momma is expected . Jus gotta suck it up keep chin high and try not let her get the best of my feelings by playin them stupid games. (sic)"