Top 5 Rapper Stage Names And Their Origins

December 27, 2011 7:00 am

Celebrity stage names are typically created for a myriad of reasons. Perhaps the artist’s birth name happen to be dull, too common, or may simply be just to difficult to pronounce or spell. Rapper’s also have been known create these names to form their alter egos. Most interesting is the origins of these alter ego names and how the artists associate with them. Here are our favorite rappers and how they got their famous monikers.


Trey Songz

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5.) Trey Songz aka Tremaine Aldon Neverson
Trey claims he got his stage name “Trey Songz” from when he was first recording his album and the producers labeled the demos and tapes “Trey’s Songs” and it just stuck!

Snoop Dogg

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4.) Snoop Dogg aka Cordozar Calvin Broadus
While he might not have been a fan of Charlie Brown’s friend his mother might have. His mom nicknamed him “Snoopy” as a child, which later caused him to take the stage name Snoop Doggy Dogg when he began recording. He changed his name to Snoop Dogg in 1996, when he left Death Row Records and signed with No Limit Records.

Flo Rida

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3.) Flo Rida aka Tramar Dillard
The rapper took inspiration from the southern state he grew up in: Florida. “So, OK, I sat up there for about an hour and finally, it hit me,” he says. “Take Florida, break it in half and there you go: Flo Rida.” The rapper revealed on an episode of MTV’s “When I was 17.”


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2.) Eminem  aka Marshall Bruce Mathers III
No, the “Love the Way you Lie” rapper is not addicted to a certain small chocolates. The monkier “Eminem” was originally “M&M” standing for his two initials. He later changed it to “Eminem.”

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1.) Jay-Z aka Shawn Carter
The Brooklyn born rapper mogul was known as “Jazzy” in his New York neighborhood during his younger days. This nickname eventually developed in to Jay-Z, inspired by his musical mentor Jaz-O and a tribute to the J/Z subway lines in Brooklyn.