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Rapper's Real Names

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    Do you know your favorite rap artist's real name? Find out here! It's easy to see why this rap star picked the name Rick Ross - it's shorter than his real one! William Leonard Roberts II

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    Future's real name is Nayvadius Cash.

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    Big Sean was born Sean Michael Leonard Anderson.

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    Bow Wow was born Shad Gregory Moss.

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    Gucci Mane's real name is Radric Davis.

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    Lil' Twist is actually Christopher Lynn Moore.

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    Lil' Za's real name is Xavier Smith.

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    Biggie, or Biggie Smalls, a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G. was born Christopher George Latore Wallace. But he loved to be called Big Poppa.

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    Snoop Lion - formerly Snoop Dogg and even more fomerly Snoop Doggy Dogg - came into this world as Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. He adopted "Snoop" after a nickname his mother gave him because of the way he dressed and his love for Peanuts the cartoon.

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    He's made the world say aah. You know him as Trey Songz, but he was born Tremaine Neverson. Bottoms up!

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    Hel took his fans down to rack rack city. But before that Tyga was better known to family and friends as Michael Stevenson.

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    Drake is currently one of the most popular rap superstars. But you can also find his name in old credits of TV show Degrassi as Aubrey Drake Graham.

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    Faheem Rasheed Najm, better known as T-Pain, let the world know he's in love with a stripper.

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    Rihanna shines bright like a diamond. So does Robyn Rihanna Fenty - the superstar's real name.

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    Alicia Keys. To the world, she's a beautiful and talented singer and piano-player. To her family and friends, she's known as Alicia Augello Cook.

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    Meek Mill is a boss. But he is also Robert Williams.

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    No lie he rocks the stage as 2 Chainz, but he is also known as Tauheed Epps.

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    Shaffer Chimere Smith, AKA Ne-Yo, makes the ladies go crazy on stage.

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    Before Chamillionaire became grown and sexy, his mama called him Hakeem Seriki.

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    Afroman blew up after his hit Because I got high, but before the afro, he was known to his family as friends as Joseph Foreman.

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    X to the Z Xzibit! Alvin Nathaniel Joiner is a rapper known for pimping your ride.

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    His real name is Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, or Wale for short.

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    For Lupe Fiasco, the show goes on, but before the show, he was known to the world as Wasalu Muhammad Jaco.

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    Who dat J. Cole? His rap/nickname is short for his real name Jermaine Lamarr Cole.

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    Before he was given a round of applause as Waka Flocka Flame, he was called Juaquin Malphurs.

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    Before the F.A.M.E., and before he was Young Jeezy, he was young Jay Jenkins.

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    Before she was Nicki Minaj, and before she got the nickname 'the barb', she was born Onika Tanya Maraj.

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    Lil Wayne's given name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.

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    50 Cent was born Curtis James Jackson III.

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    T.I. - the Rubberband Man's real name is Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.

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    Ginuwine's genuine name is Elgin Lumpkin.

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    Foxy Brown's birth name is Inga Fung Marchand.

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    Before he became Big Boi, the other half of hip hop duo Outkast was known as Antwan André Patton.

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    Chingy's real name is Howard Bailey Jr. He probably uses that when he checks into the Holiday Inn.

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    Andre 3000 - one half of Outkast - was born André Lauren Benjamin.

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    DMX belongs on television - his real name is Earl! Earl Simmons, that is.

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    Before MC Hammer was 2 Legit 2 Quit, he was known by the name Stanley Kirk Burrell.

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    Nelly was born Cornell Haynes Jr.

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    Nobody does crunk like Lil Jon. He'd even be crunk if he still went by Jonathan Mortimer Smith.

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    Remy Ma adopted her moniker by shortening her name - she was born Reminisce Smith.

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    "This guy's a gangster? His real name is Clarence!" Bunny Rabbit, played by none other than Eminem, famously quipped in 8 Mile. But what about Marshall? Eminem, a.k.a. Slim Shady, was born Marshall Bruce Mathers III.

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    Jay-Z. Your boy was born Shawn Corey Carter.

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    Let's back that thang up, er, back track...Juvenile was born Terius Gray.

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    Lil Mama's late mama, to whom she dedicated the music video of "Shawty Get Loose" featuring Chris Brown and T-Pain, named her Niatia Jessica Kirkland.

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    Timbaland (uh huh he's the man from the big VA) was born Timothy Z. Mosley in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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    You Can't Deny It, Fabolous is fabulous, even if his real name is John Jackson.

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    Flo Rida - whose real name is Tramar Dillard - adopted his moniker from his home state. He was born in Opa-locka, Florida

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    The multi-talented Ice Cube - he's a rapper, MC, songwriter, actor, screenwriter, and film director - was born O'Shea Jackson.
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    Nas shortened his given name, Nasir Jones, for his stage name.

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    Before Soulja Boy was up in it (oh!), his mama called him DeAndre Ramone Way.

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    Jadakiss was born Jayson Tyrone Phillips.

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    Ladies Love Cool James! LL Cool J's birth name is James Todd Smith.
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    West Coast rapper The Game was born Jayceon Terrell Taylor.

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    Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott - music made her lose control even back when she was known as Melissa Arnette Elliott.

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    Chicago-bred emcee Twista's given name is Carl Terrell Mitchell. But that name wouldn't make him a celebrity overnight.

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    New York rapper Memphis Bleek was born Malik Thuston Cox.

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    Papoose - real name Shamele Mackie - was given his name by his grandmother because he supposedly resembled a Native American child when he was young.

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    Ja Rule was born Jeffrey Atkins.

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    Producer/rapper Swizz Beatz was given the name Kaseem Mike Dean at birth.

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    Jermaine Dupri's protégé was Shawntae Harris before she became known as Da Brat.

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    Lil Kim. The Naked Truth is that her real name is Kimberly Denise Jones.

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    Ludacris might have hoes in different area codes, but his birth name is Christopher Brian Bridges no matter where he goes.

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    "Gangster's Paradise" rapper Coolio was born Artis Ivey Jr.

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    Busta Rhymes had it all in check as Trevor Smith Jr. before he started bustin' rhymes.

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    British rapper Slick Rick - whose other stage names include MC Ricky D and Rick the Rule - was born Ricky Walters.

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    Cee-Lo, or Cee-Lo Green, was born Thomas DeCarlo Callaway.

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    Perhaps Flavor of Love's Flava Flav would have more luck being taken seriously by the ladies if he went by his real name, William Jonathan Drayton Jr.

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    Diddy - formerly known as "Puff Daddy" and "P. Diddy" - was born Sean John Combs. His clothing line, Sean John, is named after himself.

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    Before she was crowned Queen Latifah, this diva answered to Dana Elaine Owens.

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    Snoop Dogg's cousin, Nate Dogg, is really named Nathaniel Dawayne Hale.

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    La da da da da, it's the (bleep bleep) D-R-E! Dr. Dre was born André Romelle Young.

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    Tupac was reportedly named Lesane Parish Crooks at birth, but shortly after he was born, his mother had his name changed to Tupac Amaru Shakur.

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