Rap Name Changes

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  • J. Cole
  • 2 Chainz
  • Yasiin Bey, Mos Def
  • Notorious B.I.G.
  • Young Jeezy
  • Game
  • Diddy
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Mike Bigga
  • Ol' Dirty Bastard
  • Andre 3000
  • Common, Notorious B.I.G.
  • Shyne
  • Bow Wow, Snoop Dogg
  • T.I.
  • Clipse, Pusha T
  • Big Tymers, Birdman, YMCMB, Baby
  • Kwame, K-1 Mill, Missy Elliott, LL Cool J, Keyshia Cole, Eminem, Lloyd Banks, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera,
  • Sean Price, Heltah Skeltak, Boot Camp Clik
  • Clipse, Malice, No Malice
  • Jay Z
  • N.O.R.E.
  • Young Dro, T.I.
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Mr. Porter, D12, Eminem, Busta Rhymes

Mos Def to Yasiin Bey

Dante Smith built a pretty solid reputation as the artist Mos Def, but the Brooklyn born rapper/actor started going by Yasiin Bey in 2012. "I began to fear that Mos Def was being treated as a product, not a person, so I've been going by Yasiin since '99," he told GQ magazine. "At first it was just for friends and family, but now I'm declaring it openly."

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