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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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2 Chainz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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

AZ is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
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
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
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
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
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

Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
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
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
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
Tariq Luqmaan Trotter (born October 3, 1971), better known as Black Thought, is an American rapper and the lead MC of the Philadelphia-based hip hop group The Roots, as well as an occasional ...more

B.o.B is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
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

Boots Riley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Real Names of 150 Rappers
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
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
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