9 Famous Rappers And The Names They Had Before Hip-Hop


So much of a rapper’s legacy is in his or her name. Some artists decide to use their real names, or at least variations of them: Tupac Shakur, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West. Even Drake’s real name is Aubrey Drake Graham.

But what about the rappers who have adopted stage names?

Here are 9  brilliantly re-monikered rappers and the names they were born with:

1. Snoop Dogg came into the world as Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., but his parents nicknamed him “Snoopy” as a child.

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2. Before Dr. Dre received his med school diploma, he went by Andre Romelle Young.

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3. Eminem hasn’t exactly played his “real” name close to the chest. His third studio album was called “The Marshall Mathers LP.”

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4. Onika Maraj became Nicki Minaj as part of production deal negotiations early in her career.

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5. Millions might know Lil Wayne by his stage name, but his state ID reads Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.

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6. Neighbors called soon-to-be mogul Shawn Corey Carter “Jazzy,” and it stuck. You can find his work in any record store under the name Jay Z.

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7. If you don’t recognize ASAP Mob member Rakim Mayers’s name at first glance, you’ll recognize his alter ego, A$AP Rocky.

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8. Cameron Jibril Thomas was apparently such a whiz kid growing up that as an adult he took the name Wiz Khalifa.

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9. Flo Rida goes by birth name Tramar Lacel Dillard when he goes home to Miami Gardens.

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How many of those did you know? Let us know in the comments and be sure to quiz your friends.

 

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