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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. 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.

2 Chainz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
2 Chainz - born Tauheed Epps Tauheed Epps (born September 12, 1977), known professionally as 2 Chainz (formerly Tity Boi), is an American rapper. Born and raised in College Park, Georgia, he initially gained recognition for ...more

21 Savage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
21 Savage - born Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph (born October 22, 1992), known professionally as 21 Savage, is an American rapper known for his mixtapes The Slaughter Tape (2015) and Slaughter King (2015) and his EPs ...more

50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
50 Cent - born Curtis James Jackson III Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, singer, entrepreneur investor and actor from New York City. Born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of the ...more

Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Action Bronson - born Arian Arslani Arian Arslani, better known by his stage name Action Bronson, is an American hip hop recording artist from Flushing, Queens, New York. In August 2012, he signed to Warner Bros. Records, however ...more

Adam Horovitz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Ad-Rock - born Adam Keefe Horovitz Adam Keefe Horovitz, better known as Ad-Rock or King Ad-Rock, is an American musician, guitarist, rapper, producer, and actor. He is best known as a member of the hip hop group the Beastie Boys. ...more

Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Aesop Rock - born Ian Matthias Bavitz Ian Matthias Bavitz, better known by his stage name Aesop Rock, is an American hip hop recording artist and producer residing in San Francisco, California. He was at the forefront of the new ...more

Akil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Akil - born Dante Givens Akil was a member of the former alternative hip hop group Jurassic 5.

Akon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Akon - born Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam, known as Akon, is an American R&B and hip hop recording artist, songwriter, and record producer. He rose to prominence ...more

André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
André 3000 - born André Lauren Benjamin André Lauren Benjamin, better known by his stage name André 3000, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor, best known for being ...more

Angel Haze is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Angel Haze - born Raeen Roes Wilson Raeen Roes Wilson, better known by their stage name Angel Haze, is an American rapper and singer, born in Detroit, Michigan, who grew up in the Greater Apostolic Faith. In 2012, Haze released ...more

ASAP Ferg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
ASAP Ferg - born Darold Ferguson, Jr. Darold Ferguson, Jr., better known by his stage name ASAP Ferg, is an American hip hop recording artist from New York City's Harlem neighborhood. He is a member of the hip hop collective ASAP ...more

ASAP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
ASAP Rocky - born Rakim Mayers Rakim Mayers (born October 3, 1988), better known by his stage name ASAP Rocky (stylized as A$AP Rocky), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is a member of the hip ...more

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AZ is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
AZ - born Anthony Cruz Anthony Cruz, better known by his stage name AZ, is an American rapper. Born in Brooklyn, NY. He is known for being a longtime and frequent rhyme partner of Nas, and also a member of hip-hop ...more

Big Boi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Big Boi - born Antwan André Patton Antwan André Patton, better known by his stage name Big Boi, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor, best known for being a member of American hip hop duo OutKast ...more

Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Big Daddy Kane - born Antonio Hardy Antonio Hardy, better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a Grammy Award-winning American rapper who started his career in 1986 as a member of the rap group the Juice Crew. He is widely ...more

Big L is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Big L - born Lamont Coleman Lamont Coleman, best known by his stage name Big L, was an American hip hop recording artist, born and raised in Harlem, New York City, New York. Coleman embarked on his career in rapping, with ...more

Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Big Pun - born Christopher Lee Rios Christopher Lee Rios, better known by his stage name Big Pun, was an American rapper and actor, the first Latino rapper to attain Platinum sales status as a solo act. Big Pun emerged from the ...more

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Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Big Sean - born Sean Michael Leonard Anderson Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, known professionally as Big Sean, is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Big Sean signed with Kanye West's GOOD Music in 2007, Def Jam Recordings in 2008, ...more

Birdman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Birdman - born Bryan Williams Bryan Williams, known by his stage name Birdman or Baby, is an American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Cash Money Records and one half of the duo Big Tymers. ...more

Biz Markie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Biz Markie - born Marcel Theo Hall Marcel Theo Hall, better known by his stage name Biz Markie, is an American rapper, beatboxer, DJ, comedian, singer, reality television personality, and commercial spokesperson. He is best known ...more

Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Black Thought - born Tariq Luqmaan Trotter Tariq Trotter is a rapper and film actor.

B.o.B is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
B.o.B - born Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr. Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr., better known by his stage name B.o.B, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Decatur, Georgia. In 2006, B.o.B was discovered by Brian ...more

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Boots Riley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Boots Riley - born Raymond Lawrence Riley Raymond Lawrence Riley, better known by his stage name Boots Riley, is an American poet, rapper, songwriter, producer, screenwriter, humorist, political organizer, community activist, lecturer, ...more

Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Busta Rhymes - born Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr. Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr., better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, producer, and actor from Brooklyn. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the moniker Busta Rhymes, after ...more

Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Cardi B - born Belcalis Almanzar Belcalis Almanzar (born October 11, 1992), known professionally as Cardi B, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and media personality. Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, she first ...more

Chali 2na is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Chali 2na - Charles Stewart 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
Chamillionaire - born Hakeem Serik 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

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Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Chance The Rapper - born Chancelor Bennett 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
Chief Keef - born Keith Cozart Keith Cozart, better known by his stage name Chief Keef, is an American rapper and record producer from Chicago, Illinois. Keef began finding success in his music career while under house ...more

Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Chuck D - born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour 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
Common - born Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn, Jr. 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
Coolio - Artis Leon Ivey Jr. 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

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Da Brat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Da Brat - born Shawntae Harris 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
Del tha Funkee Homosapien - born Teren Delvon Jones 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.

Darryl McDaniels is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
D.M.C. - born Darryl McDaniels 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.

DMX is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
DMX - born Earl Simmons 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
Doug E. Fresh - born Douglas E. Davis 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

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Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Dr. Dre - born Andre Romelle Young 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
Earl Sweatshirt - born Thebe Neruda Kgositsile 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
Eazy-E - born Eric Lynn Wright 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
Eminem - born Marshall Bruce Mathers III 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 - born Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper 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

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Everlast is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Everlast - born Erik Francis Schrody 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
Fabolous - born John David Jackson 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
Fat Joe - born Joseph Antonio Cartagena 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 - born Derrick Stewart Fatlip is a Los Angeles-born hip hop musician. He started his career in the hip hop group The Pharcyde.

Fetty Wap is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
Fetty Wap - born Willie Maxwell II 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
Flavor Flav - born William Jonathan Drayton, Jr. 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
Flo Rida - born Tramar Lacel Dillard 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
Foxy Brown - born Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand 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