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The Real Names of 100 Rappers

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.

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  1. 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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    Genres (Music): Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap, Mafioso rap
    Albums: Watch the Throne, The Black Album, Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life + 122 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Labels: Atlantic Records, Def Jam Recordings, The Island Def Jam Music Group, Universal Music Group, Roc-A-Fella Records + 1 more
    Career Began: New York City, New York, United States of America
  2. 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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    Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B + 3 more
    Albums: No Way Out, The Saga Continues, We Invented The Remix, Come With Me, Press Play + 33 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Labels: Atlantic Records, Universal Records, Warner Music Group, Violator, Interscope Records + 3 more
    Career Began: New York City, New York, United States of America
  3. 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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    Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap, G-funk, West Coast hip hop
    Albums: The Chronic, 2001, Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang / Let Me Ride, California Love, The Chronicle: The Best of the Works... + 49 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Labels: Aftermath Entertainment, Priority Records, Epic Records, Death Row Records, Interscope Records + 1 more
    Career Began: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
  4. 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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    Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Southern hip hop
    Albums: Ghetto D (bonus disc), MP Da Last Don, Make Em Say Uhh!, Only God Can Judge Me, Ghetto Postage + 26 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Labels: Universal Records, Guttar Music Entertainment, SOLAR Records, No Limit Forever Records, Priority Records + 3 more
    Career Began: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
  5. 50 Cent was born Curtis James Jackson III on July 6, 1975. He has released such songs as "In da Club" and "Candy Shop."

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    Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Gangsta rap
    Albums: Get Rich or Die Tryin', Get Rich or Die Tryin' / The Massacre, Street King Immortal, Power of the Dollar, Before I Self Destruct + 100 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Labels: Ill Flava Records, Aftermath Entertainment, Violator, Interscope Records, Shady Records + 3 more
    Career Began: New York City, New York, United States of America
  6. Birdman was born Bryan Williams on February 15, 1969. He has released such songs as "Fire Flame" and "Money to Blow."

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    Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Hyphy, Southern hip hop
    Albums: Birdman, Fast Money, Like Father, Like Son, Pricele$$ + 23 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Labels: Universal Republic Records, Cash Money Records, Universal Motown Records, Republic Records
    Career Began: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
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