Name’s sake



It aint easy being hardcore in these streets. If you grew up around hip-hop circles, you definitely had an alias at some point. How could you not? Whether you were a B-boy, MC, tagger or DJ (or if, like me, you were none but believed you were all), having an AKA just made things seem way cooler. Unfortunately, when you give yourself a pseudonym like ‘2 Pistols’, it sets such high standards that your civilian name will most probably be an anti-climax to the coolness of your persona when people find out that your momma-given name is Jeremy Saunders.

In light of all this coolness, we at Hype Magazine, have compiled a list of rappers with the slickest rap AKAs versus their government names. As well as an alternative career path one could mistake them for based on their real names. Check it out.

Rick Ross

Real name: William Leonard Roberts – An invigilator at the national Spelling Bee


Real name: Cornell Haynes Jr. – Alabama maize farmer

Snoop Doggy Dogg 

Real name: Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr – A villainous character in the video game, God of War



Nicki Minaj

Real name: Onika Tanya Maraj – Vegan spirtual advisor in really flowy clothes


Soulja Boy

Real name: DeAndre Ramone Way – Fifth member of R&B boy-band, B2K- greasy hair and oversized clothes included




Real name: Reggie Noble – Nerdy suburban eighth grade Science teacher




Real name: Robert Fitzgerald Diggs – Professor of Anthropology and Human Sciences



Real name: Olubowale Victor Akintimehin – A retired dictator trying to make a comeback in the game


Young Buck

Real name: David Darnell Brown (An overly optimistic High Court prosecutor)


Busta Rhymes

Real name: Trevor Smith – An extra in a Keanu Reeves film about absolutely nothing


Flava Flave

Real name: William Jonathan Drayton, Jr (A human being who is the complete opposite of Flava Flave)


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