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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.

Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Jay-Z - born Shawn Corey Carter 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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Sean Combs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
P. Diddy - born Sean Combs P. Diddy was born Sean Combs on November 4, 1969. He has had such hit singles as "Bad Boy for Life" and "Last Night."

Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Dr. Dre - born Andre Romelle Young 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."

Master P is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Master P - born Percy Robert Miller 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."

50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
50 Cent - born Curtis James Jackson III 50 Cent was born Curtis James Jackson III on July 6, 1975. He has released such songs as "In da Club" and "Candy Shop."

Birdman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Birdman - born Bryan Williams Birdman was born Bryan Williams on February 15, 1969. He has released such songs as "Fire Flame" and "Money to Blow."

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

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

Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Lil Wayne - born Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. Lil Wayne was born Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr on September 27, 1982. He released such songs as "Lollipop" and "A Milli."

Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Snoop Dogg - born Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. 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."

Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Ice Cube - born O'Shea Jackson Ice Cube was born O'Shea Jackson on June 15, 1969. He has released such songs as "We Be Clubbin'" and "It Was a Good Day."

Timbaland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Timbaland - born Timothy Zachery Mosley Timbaland was born Timothy Zachery Mosley on March 10, 1972. He has released such songs as "The Way I Are" and "Carry Out."

Akon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Akon - born Aliaune Thiam Akon was born Aliaune Damala Badara Thiam on April 16, 1973. He has released such songs as "Right Now" and "Lonely."

Will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Will.i.am - born William James Adams Jr. Will.i.am was born William James Adams on March 15, 1975. He has released such songs as "Scream & Shout" and "Bang Bang."

Adam Horovitz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Ad-Rock - born Adam Horovitz Ad-Rock was born Adam Keefe Horovitz on October 31, 1966. With his band the Beastie Boys, he has released such songs as "Sabotage" and "No Sleep Till Brooklyn."

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Mike D is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Mike D - born Michael Diamond Mike D was born Michael Diamond on November 20, 1965. With the Beastie Boys, he released such songs as "Intergalactic" and "Fight for Your Right."

Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
MCA - born Adam Yauch MCA was born Adam Nathaniel Yauch on August 5, 1964. With the Beastie Boys, he released such songs as "Brass Monkey" and "Paul Revere."

Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Ludacris - born Christopher Brian Bridges Ludacris was born Christopher Brian Bridges on September 11, 1977. He has released such songs as "Move Bitch" and "Roll Out."

Joseph Simmons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Rev Run - born Joseph Simmons Rev Run was born Joseph Ward Simmons on November 14, 1964. With Run D.M.C., he released such songs as "My Adidas" and "It's Tricky."

Darryl McDaniels is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
D.M.C. - born Darryl McDaniels D.M.C. was born Darryl Matthews McDaniels on May 31, 1964. With Run D.M.C., he released such songs as "Christmas in Hollis" and "King of Rock."

Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Busta Rhymes - born Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr. Busta Rhymes was born Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr. on May 20, 1972. He has released such songs as "Break Ya Neck" and "Touch It."

Nelly is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Nelly - born Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr. Nelly was born Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr. on November 2, 1974. He has released such songs as "Ride Wit Me" and "Hot In Herre."

T.I. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
T.I. - born Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. T.I. was born Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. on September 25, 1980. He has released such songs as "Dead and Gone" and "Memories Back Then."

Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Nicki Minaj - born Onika Tanya Maraj Nicki Minaj was born Onika Tanya Maraj on December 8, 1982. She has released such songs as "Pound the Alarm" and "Moment 4 Life."

André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
André 3000 - born André Lauren Benjamin Andre 3000 was born André Lauren Benjamin on May 27, 1975. With Outkast, he released such songs as "Hey Ya!" and "Ms. Jackson."

Big Boi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Big Boi - born Antwan André Patton Big Boi was born Antwan André Patton on February 1, 1975. With Outkast, he has released such songs as "B.O.B." and "Rosa Parks."

Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
2Pac - born Tupac Shakur 2Pac was born Tupac Amaru Shakur on June 16, 1971. He released such songs as "California Love" and "Changes."

Common is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Common - born Lonnie Rashied Lynn, Jr. Common was born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. on March 13, 1972. He released such songs as "The Corner" and "I Want You."

T-Pain is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers

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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Ice-T - born Tracy Marrow Ice-T was born Tracy Marrow on February 16, 1958. He released such songs as "99 Problems" and "Cop Killer."

Flo Rida is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Flo Rida - born Tramar Lacel Dillard Flo Rida was born Tramar Lacel Dillard on September 16, 1979. He released such songs as "Whistle" and "Low."

Rick Ross is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Rick Ross - born William Leonard Roberts II Rick Ross was born William Leonard Roberts II on January 28, 1976. He has released such songs as "Hustlin’" and "100 Black Coffins."

The Game is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
The Game - born Jayceon Terrell Taylor The Game was born Jayceon Terrell Taylor on November 29, 1979. He released such songs as "High" and "My Life."

Lil Jon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Lil Jon - born Jonathan Mortimer Smith Lil Jon was born Jonathan Smith on January 17, 1971. He has released such songs as "Outta Your Mind" and "Hey."

Soulja Boy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Soulja Boy - born DeAndre Cortez Way Soulja Boy was born DeAndre Cortez Way on July 28, 1990. He has released such songs as "Crank That" and "Kiss Me Thru The Phone."

2 Chainz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
2 Chainz - born Tauheed Epps 2 Chainz was born Tauheed Epps on September 12, 1977. He has released such songs as "I'm Different" and "Birthday Song."

M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
M.I.A. - born Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam M.I.A. was born Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam on July 18, 1975. She has released such songs as "Paper Planes" and "Bad Girls."

RZA is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
RZA - born Robert Fitzgerald Diggs RZA was born Robert Fitzgerald Diggs on July 5, 1969. With Wu-Tang Clan, he released such songs as "C.R.E.A.M." and "Gravel Pit."

Method Man is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Method Man - born Clifford Smith Method Man was born Clifford Smith on March 2, 1971. With Wu-Tang Clan, he released such songs as "C.R.E.A.M." and "Gravel Pit."

Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Raekwon - born Corey Wood Raekwon was born Corey Woods on January 12, 1970.  With Wu-Tang Clan, he released such songs as "C.R.E.A.M." and "Gravel Pit."

Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Ghostface Killah - born Dennis Coles Ghostface Killah was born Dennis Coles on May 9, 1970.  With Wu-Tang Clan, he released such songs as "C.R.E.A.M." and "Gravel Pit."

GZA is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
GZA - born Gary Grice GZA was born Gary Grice on August 22, 1966.  With Wu-Tang Clan, he released such songs as "C.R.E.A.M." and "Gravel Pit."

Flavor Flav is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Flavor Flav - born William Jonathan Drayton, Jr. Flavor Flav was born William Jonathan Drayton, Jr. on March 16, 1959. With Public Enemy, he released such songs as "Bring the Noise" and "Fight the Power."

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Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Chuck D - born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour Chuck D was born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour on August 1, 1960. With Public Enemy, he released such songs as "Bring the Noise" and "Fight the Power."

Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Eazy-E - born Eric Lynn Wright Eazy-E was born Eric Lynn Wright on September 7, 1963. He released such songs as "Boyz-N-The Hood" and "It's On."

Redman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Redman - born Reginald "Reggie" Noble Redman was born Reginald "Reggie" Noble on April 17, 1970. He released such songs as "How High" and "Da Rockwilder."

B.o.B is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
B.o.B - born Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr. B.o.B was born Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr. on November 15, 1988. He released such songs as "Nothin' on You" and "Airplanes."

Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Tyler, the Creator - born Tyler Gregory Okonma Tyler, the Creator was born Tyler Gregory Okonma on March 6, 1991. He has released such songs as "Yonkers" and "She."

Earl Sweatshirt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Earl Sweatshirt - born Thebe Neruda Kgositsile Earl Sweatshirt was born Thebe Neruda Kgositsile on February 24, 1994. He has released such songs as "Chum" and "Hoarse."

Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Real Names of 100 Rappers
Wiz Khalifa - born Cameron Jibril Thomaz Wiz Khalifa was born Cameron Jibril Thomaz on September 8, 1987. He has released such songs as "Black and Yellow" and "Work Hard, Play Hard."