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This list of the real names of rappers, loosely ranked by fame and popularity, will inform and enlighten you, because who even knew some of the best rappers in history used a stage name? "Snoop" wasn't his mother's idea? Get out. Kanye West and Wyclef Jean use their given name to record their music, but most rappers use a stage name. Some rappers use nicknames that they have had their whole life, while other MCs create an entirely new persona. Some rappers have even changed their name multiple times.

Who is the most famous rapper that uses a stage name? Jay Z tops our list. Jay Z was born Shawn Corey Carter on December 4, 1969. He has had such hit songs as "Empire State of Mind" and "99 Problems." He was known as “Jazzy” growing up and eventually that merged into Jay Z. 50 Cent was born Curtis James Jackson III on July 6, 1975. He has released such songs as "In da Club" and "Candy Shop."

A couple of famous rappers have gone by multiple stage names. Snoop Dogg was born Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. on October 20, 1971. He has released such songs as "Drop It Like It's Hot" and "Gin and Juice." After a recent trip to Jamaica, Snoop changed his name to Snoop Lion. P. Diddy was born Sean Combs on November 4, 1969. He has had such hit singles as "Bad Boy for Life" and "Last Night." He has also been known as Puff Daddy and Diddy.

Would you use a stage name if you were a rapper? Would it be something bada** or something fun and really crazy?! Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
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Jay Z was born Shawn Corey Carter on December 4, 1969. He has had such hit songs as "Empire State of Mind" and "99 Problems."

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Sean Combs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
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P. Diddy was born Sean Combs on November 4, 1969. He has had such hit singles as "Bad Boy for Life" and "Last Night."

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Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
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Dr. Dre was born Andre Romelle Young on February 18, 1965. He has released such hit singles as "Still D.R.E." and "Nuthin' But a G Thang."

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Master P is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
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Master P was born Percy Robert Miller on April 29, 1970. He has released such hit singles as "Pass Me Da Green" and "Crazy 'Bout Ya."

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