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Rappers' Real Names

Rappers' Real Names

If you're a fan of rap music, then you obviously know most of the rappers' real names. For the uninitiated and uninformed, here's an article with the real names of some of the most popular rappers of all time. Have fun!
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Loose, baggy clothes. Long and heavy chains dangling from their necks. A baseball hat worn lopsided. Colors and bling in their finger rings and earrings. An arrogant sense of self and a very strong vocabulary to match it. That's your typical rapper! A factor that plays an important role in their popularity is the stylish, funny, quirky or downright outrageous names that some of them have.
Some may do it because they do not like their real names. Some may do it to be creative. Some do it because they probably think that having a name other than their own makes them seem more 'with it'. Some have just shortened or modified their real names into fancy stage names. Whatever the reason may be, the tactic of having another name has definitely proved beneficial for these rappers. That is a reason why the ones mentioned in this article are as popular as they are. What I'm going to do in this article is, list rappers' real names against the names that they are popularly known by. Check if you knew these were their real names. Here we go!
Rappers' Real Names and Stage Names
Stage Name Real Name
Jay Z Shawn Carter
Dr. Dre Andre Romelle Young
Ice Cube O'Shea Jackson
P Diddy Sean John Combs
Slick Rick Ricky Walters
Eminem Marshall Mathers
Vanilla Ice Robert van Winckle
Snoop Dogg Cordazer Calvin Broadus
50 Cent Curtis James Jackson II
Akon Aliaune Thiam
Busta Rhymes Trevor Tahiem Smith
Q-Tip Jonathan Davis
2pac Tupac Shakur
Kanye West Kanye Omari West
Chuck D Carlton Ridenhour
Lil Wayne Dwayne Carter Jr.
DMX Earl Simmons
T.I. Clifford Harris Jr.
Notorious B.I.G. Christopher Wallace
R Kelly Robert Sylvester Kelly
Ray-J William Raymond Norwood, Jr.
Nelly Cornell Haynes Jr.
Beanie Sigel Dwight Grant
LL Cool J James Todd Smith
MC Hammer Stanley Kirk Burell
Missy Elliot Melissa Elliot
Suge Knight Marion Hugh Knight Jr.
Camron Cameron Giles
Cassidy Barry Adrian Reese
Ice T Tracy Marrow
Queen Latifah Dana Owens
Ol' Dirty Bastard Russell Tyrone Jones
Eazy E Eric Lynn Wright
Lil Kim Kimberley Jones
Coolio Artis Ivey Jr.
Ja Rule Jeffrey Atkins
Xhibit Alvin Nathaniel Joiner
Chamillionaire Hakeem Seriki
Eve Eve Jihan Jeffers
Da Brat Shawntae Harris
Method Man Clifford Smith
Everlast Eric Schrody
Chingy Howard Bailey Jr.
Drake Aubrey Graham
Fabulous John David Jackson
Flavor Flav William Jonathan Drayton Jr.
Master P Percy Miller
The Game Jayceon Terrell Taylor
Lady Sovereign Louise Harman
Foxy Brown Inga Fung Marchand
Timbaland Timothy Zachery Mosley
Ms. Dynamite Niomi MacLean-Daley
Redman Reginald Noble
Big Boi Antwan Andre Patton
Rev Run Joseph Ward Simmons
Common Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr.
Mack 10 Dedrick Rolison
Nas Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones
Insane Clown Posse: Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J Joey Ustler and Joe Bruce
Lil Bow Wow Shad Gregory Moss
KRS One Lawrence Krisna Parker
Juvenile Terius Gray
B-Real Louis Freeze
Trina Katrina Laverne Taylor
Too Short Todd Shaw
RZA Robert Diggs
GZA (aka The Genius) Gary Grice
Mos Def Dante Terrell Smith
Ne Yo Shaffer Chimere Smith
Lupe Fiasco Wasalu Mohammed Jaco
M.I.A Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam
Roots Manuve Rodney Smith
Twista Cart Mitchell
Wiley Richard Kylea Cowie
Grandmaster Flash Joseph Saddler
Guru Keith Edward Elam
Dizzee Rascal Dylan Mills
Pras Samuel Praskazrel Michel
Flo Rida Tramar Dillard
Lethal Bizzle Maxwell Ansah

How many could you guess? Some may be well-known, but some were really hard to guess, I'm sure! Or maybe it's just me who finds it weird that some of them have stage names that have no real connection with their real names. Like I said, only they can tell! Let's just thank them for the wonderful gift of music that they have given us!