Rap Name Changes

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  • Mike Bigga
  • Ol' Dirty Bastard
  • Andre 3000
  • Common, Notorious B.I.G.
  • Shyne
  • Lil Boosie
  • 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
  • J. Cole
  • 2 Chainz
  • Yasiin Bey, Mos Def
  • Notorious B.I.G.
  • Young Jeezy
  • Game
  • Diddy
  • Kendrick Lamar

Dre to André 3000

For one of the most inventive artists ever to spit a hot 16, the common nickname "Dre" simply wouldn't cut it (not to mention its association with another hip hop icon). Andre Benjamin officially started going by André 3000 between the releases of Aquemini and Stankonia.

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