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In the world of hip hop it has always been common and almost mandatory to have a rap name, ever since the first recorded hip hop group named themselves the Sugarhill Gang. Over time so many rappers and hip hop artists have emerged, so I can understand how it can become a challenge to choose a name, but sometimes it can get a little ridiculous. So we’ve decided to pick out some of the worst rap names, past and present.
Did we leave anyone out? Comment and let us know!
Sooo we’re going to name ourselves “Fabolous”, taking a standard word and mis-spelling it? This name in particular affects me personally because one time I was writing a paper, and my brain decided to forget how to spell the word “fabulous.” I figured I’d refer to that good ‘ol Fabolous song where he spells his name, thinking it was right of course. Lo and behold–it’s all wrong and my life had been a lie up until that point.
9. 2 Chainz
Only two? Up! that’s more than two–time for a name change! 10 chainz? Maybe? No? Give or take a few?
8. Puff Daddy
No one can front on his musical creations and their place in the world of hip hop BUT we can in fact, front on his name. Sometimes the music is so good you don’t take the time out to just think about what they’re calling themselves. Let’s really look at this: P-U-F-F D-A-D-D-Y. The father of Puff the magic dragon and cream puff? How about jiggly puff? No relation? I understand the name change, but lets be honest, P. Diddy isn’t any better.
7. Snoop Lion
Snoop Doogy Dogg, Snoop Dogg and now Snoop Lion. He has made a big transition and gone from a canine to feline. Snoop wasn’t lyin’ when he changed his name to Snoop Lion (pun intended). One who smokes weed isn’t automatically a Rasta, Snoop. I’m just going to call you Snoop and spare all confusion–hope you don’t mind.
Who remembers Birdman Lugz? Within hip hop and urban slang, the term “bird” is often used toward a female in an insulting manner, but if the bird is a male does one get a pass? Not in my book.
5. Soulja Boy
The name “Soulja Boy” may have suited a gangsta rapper rather than a bubblegum rapper (as I like to call his style of music). I contemplate if it is actually just a ghetto name, due to the spelling or a representation of the actual word “soldier” hmmm … the questions…
4. Silkk the Shocker
I don’t know what this has to do with hip hop. I don’t even know what a “Silkk the Shocker” is. Could it be they called him “Silk” but added the extra “K” because he was so silky and that was shocking? Again, the questions …
3. OJ Da Juiceman
Aww shit! It’s the Juiceman! Oran “Juice” Jones gets a pass, but as for you, sorry son. Ghetto Sesame Street character, maybe? Good thing Romney didn’t win and cut your funding, so I guess you get to keep your day job.
2. Project Pat
What better way to rep where you’re from than putting the word “project” in your rap name. Perhaps his name refers to an actual housing project or maybe the hood wanted to know if they can have a rapper make it out and named the operation “Project Pat” like “Project X” or something. No?
1. Waka Flocka Flame
I wish I could, but I just can’t. Peep his Dragon Ball Z Super Saiyan “FLAME ON!” pose (pictured above).