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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.
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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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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, + 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, + more

Career Began: New York City, New York, United States of America

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#619 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#790 on The Best Singers of All Time

#214 on The Worst Bands of All Time

#134 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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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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Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music, Dance-pop Contemporary R&B, + more

Albums: No Way Out, The Saga Continues, We Invented The Remix, Come With Me Press Play, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Atlantic Records, Universal Records, Warner Music Group, Violator Interscope Records, + more

Career Began: New York City, New York, United States of America

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#1314 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#65 on The Worst Bands of All Time

#32 on The Biggest Douchebags in Hollywood

#38 on Annoying Celebrities Who Should Just Go Away Already

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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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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..., + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Aftermath Entertainment, Priority Records, Epic Records, Death Row Records Interscope Records, + more

Career Began: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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#181 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists

#369 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#381 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#5 on The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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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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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, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Universal Records, Guttar Music Entertainment, SOLAR Records, No Limit Forever Records Priority Records, + more

Career Began: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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#72 on The Best Solo Artists Who Used to Front a Band

#88 on The Best West Coast Rappers

#141 on The Greatest Rappers of All Time

#55 on The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
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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, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Ill Flava Records, Aftermath Entertainment, Violator, Interscope Records Shady Records, + more

Career Began: New York City, New York, United States of America

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#1427 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#802 on The Best Singers of All Time

#9 on The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

#55 on The Worst Bands of All Time

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Birdman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
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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$$ Always Strapped, + 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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#7 on The Worst Rappers of All Time

#22 on The Best New Orleans Rappers

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The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
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The Notorious B.I.G. was born Christopher George Latore Wallace on May 21, 1972. He released such songs as "Big Poppa" and "Hypnotize."

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Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap Mafioso rap

Albums: Ready to Die, Life After Death, Born Again, Duets: The Final Chapter Greatest Hits, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Atlantic Records, Uptown Records, Bad Boy Records

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#237 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#7 on The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

#77 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

#16 on The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
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Eminem was born Marshall Bruce Mathers III on October 17, 1972. He has released such songs as "Berzerk" and "Without Me."

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Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop, Detroit hip hop Gangsta rap, + more

Albums: The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show, Infinite Recovery, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Aftermath Entertainment, Web Entertainment, Game Recordings, Mashin' Duck Records Rawkus Records, + more

Career Began: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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#210 on The Best Actors Working Today

#38 on The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers

#1049 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#71 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists

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