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The Real Names of 150 Rappers  

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This list of the real names of rappers 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 and give themselves unique rapper names. 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?!

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Chali 2na is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Charles Stewart, better known as Chali 2na, is an American rapper and hip hop artist, associated with the groups Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli.
Chamillionaire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Hakeem Seriki, better known by his stage name Chamillionaire, is an American rapper and entrepreneur from Houston, Texas. He is the CEO of Chamillitary Entertainment. Chamillionaire was also the ...more
Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Chancelor Bennett, better known by his stage name Chance the Rapper, is an American hip hop recording artist from the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, he began to gain major ...more
Chief Keef is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Keith Farrelle Cozart (born August 15, 1995), better known by his stage name Chief Keef, is an American rapper and record producer. Keef's music first became popular among high school students ...more
Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, better known by his stage name Chuck D, is an American rapper, author, and producer. He helped create politically and socially conscious rap music in the mid-1980s as ...more
Common is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Lonnie Rashid Lynn, better known by his stage name Common, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor from Chicago, Illinois. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? ...more
Coolio is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Artis Leon Ivey Jr., better known by the stage name Coolio, is an American musician, rapper, chef, actor, and record producer. Coolio achieved mainstream success in the mid 1990's with his ...more
Da Brat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Da Brat is the stage name of Shawntae Harris, an American rapper and actress. Her debut album, Funkdafied, sold one million copies, making her the first female solo rap act to have a ...more
Del tha Funkee Homosapien is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Teren Delvon Jones, better known as Del the Funky Homosapien or Del tha Funkee Homosapien or Sir Dzl, is an American underground hip hop MC, record producer, songwriter, and singer. Del's songs ...more
Darryl McDaniels is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Darryl "D.M.C." Matthews McDaniels is an American musician. He is one of the pioneers of hip hop culture and founding members of the hip hop group Run–D.M.C. and is considered one of ...more
DMX is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Earl Simmons, better known by his stage names DMX and Dark Man X, is an American rapper and actor. In 1999, DMX released his best-selling album ...And Then There Was X, which featured the hit ...more
Doug E. Fresh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Douglas E. Davis, better known by the stage name Doug E. Fresh, is a Barbadian born American rapper, record producer, and beat boxer, also known as the Human Beat Box. The pioneer of ...more
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Andre Romelle Young, known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American record producer, rapper and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. ...more
Earl Sweatshirt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, better known by his stage name Earl Sweatshirt, is an American rapper-producer and member of the Los Angeles-based hip hop collective Odd Future. He is signed to ...more
Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Eric Lynn Wright, better known by his stage name Eazy-E, was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. Wright is affectionately called "The Godfather of Gangsta ...more
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known by his stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, and actor. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of the group D12, ...more
Eve is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper is an American hip hop recording artist and actress from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is also the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ...more
Everlast is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Erik Francis Schrody, known by his stage name Everlast, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter, known for his solo hit "What It's Like" and as the front-man for rap group House ...more
Fabolous is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
John David Jackson, better known by his stage name Fabolous, is an American hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City. Jackson's career began in 1998; he was a senior in high school ...more
Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Joseph Antonio Cartagena, better known by his stage name Fat Joe, is an American rapper. He is also the CEO of Terror Squad Entertainment, and member of musical groups D.I.T.C. and Terror Squad. ...more
Fatlip is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Fatlip is a Los Angeles-born hip hop musician. He started his career in the hip hop group The Pharcyde. As a member of The Pharcyde, Fatlip contributed to the critically acclaimed Bizarre Ride ...more
Fetty Wap is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Willie Maxwell II (born June 7, 1991), known professionally as Fetty Wap, is an American rapper. He rose to prominence after his debut single "Trap Queen", reached number two on the ...more
Flavor Flav is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
William Jonathan Drayton Jr., better known by his stage name Flavor Flav, is an American musician, rapper, actor, television personality, and comedian who rose to prominence as a member of the ...more
Flo Rida is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Tramar Lacel Dillard, better known by his stage name Flo Rida, is an American rapper. He is known for hit songs such as "Low", featuring T-Pain, which was a number 1 hit for 10 weeks ...more
Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand, better known by her stage name Foxy Brown, is an American rapper, model, and actress. She is best known for her solo work, as well as numerous collaborations with ...more