Rap The Best Rapper Stage Name Origin Stories  

Autumn Nailes
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Ever wonder why your favorite rappers are called the names that they're called? Clearly, rapper names like Waka Flocka Flame and Fetty Wap were not given to these people at birth, so why is it that they go by them? While some musical artists choose to go by their birth names during their rise to stardom, many use their fame to forge a new identity under a stage name. 

Some of these names come from their birth names and nicknames, others pay tribute to people that the artists hold dear, while others are used as a source of empowerment (whether it be empowerment for the actual rapper or for the rapper's fans). No matter the rapper stage name, all of them have an origin story.

This is a list of rappers with the most interesting stage names and the stories behind why they picked these names. From rap legends like Biggie and Pac to more contemporary artists like 2 Chainz and The Weeknd, now is your chance to find out what's really in a name. You love their music, you can rattle off the lyrics to your favorite songs as easily as you can recall your name, and you know everything about them. But now's your chance to find out the reason behind why they picked their stage names.

Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rapper Stage Name Origin Stories
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Eminem


Initially, Eminem called himself M&M, which are his initials (Marshal Matthers). Later on, he changed it to Eminem.

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Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rapper Stage Name Origin Stories
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Snoop Dogg


In the '70s, Snoop Dogg (born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.) grew up watching Charlie Brown. Snoop's favorite character on the show was Snoopy, and his mom told him that he started to look like Snoopy because he watched the show so much.

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50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rapper Stage Name Origin Stories
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50 Cent


50 Cent (born Curtis James Jackson III) was inspired by Kelvin "50 Cent" Martin, a famous American robber who grew up in the Bronx. He picked this name because he shares the same mentality with Martin, who was said to rob anyone, even if they only had "50 cents." In addition to sharing the same mind frame, both the rapper and the robber have been shot multiple times.

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Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rapper Stage Name Origin Stories
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Tyler, the Creator


Most people know Tyler, the Creator (born Tyler Gregory Okonma) as a rapper, but did you know that his stage name came from Myspace? Tyler had three acounts, but the Myspace page that became the most popular was his page with all of his drawings and beats on it. His name on this page was Tyler the Creator and he just decided to stick with it.


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