The shocking real names of your favorite rappers…

The things that you think about when you’re bored. This weekend while making the 6 hour drive from Phoenix to San Diego, David and I were listening to Wiz Khalifa and a random thought popped in my mind. “I wonder what his real name is?” The answer was slightly underwhelming.

So I had to discover the names of other rappers. Some were surprisingly boring and some were completely off the wall. A lot of these names are a mouthful, it’s no wonder so many of these artists choose to go by a single name.

Here’s what I learned in alphabetical order so you can easily find your favorites :

2Chains- Tauheed Epps, he was also formerly called Tity Boi

21 savage- Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph

50 cent – (you should know this) Curtis James Jackson III

Afroman- Joseph Edgar Foreman

Akon – Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam

Andre 3000- Andre Lauren Benjamin

A$AP Ferg- Darold D. Brown Ferguson Jr.

A$AP Rocky- Rakim Mayers

Baby Bash- Ronald Ray Bryant

Big Boi – Antwan André Patton

Bird Man- Bryan Christopher Williams

Biz Markie – Marcel Theo Hall

BowWow- Shad Gregory Moss

Busta Rhymes- Trevor George Smith Jr.

Cardi B- Her friends used to call her Bacardi but she was born Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar

Chamillionaire- Hakeem Seriki

Common- Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn

Coolio- Artis Leon Ivey Jr.

Da Brat- Shawntae Harris

Desiigner- Sidney Royel Selby III

Diplo- Thomas Wesley Pentz Jr.

DJ Khaled- Khaled Mohamed Khaled

DMX- Earl Simmons

Dr. Dre- Andre Romelle Young

Drake – Aubrey Drake Graham

E-40 – Earl Stevens

Easy E- Eric Lynn Wright

Fabolous- John David Jackson

Fergie- Stacy Ann Ferguson

Fetty Wap- Willie Maxwell II

French Montana- Karim Kharbouch

Future- Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn

G-eazy- Gerald Earl Gillum

The Game- Jayceon Terrell Taylor

Ghostface Killah- Dennis Coles

Ice Cube – O’Shea Jackson Sr

Ice-T- Tracy Lauren Marrow

Iggy Azalea- Amethyst Amelia Kelly Did you know her stage name came from her dogs name and the street she lived on? I wonder how many online quizzes it took to come up with that.

Ja Rule- Jeffrey Bruce Atkins

Jamie Foxx- Eric Marlon Bishop

Jay-Z – Shawn Corey Carter

Juvenile- Terius Gray

Kid Cudi- Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi

LL Cool J- James Todd Smith

Logic- Sir Robert Bryson Hall II

Macklemore- Benjamin Hammond Haggerty

Nas- Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones

Nipsey Hu$$le- Ermias Asghedom

Obie Trice – (real name no gimmicks)

Offset- Kiari Kendrell Cephus

Pitbull- Armando Christian Pérez

Post Malone- Austin Richard Post

Riff Raff- Horst Christian Simco

Shaggy- Orville Richard Burrell

Sir-mix-lot- Anthony Ray

Snoop Dogg- Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.

T-Pain- Faheem Rasheed Najm

Tech N9ne- Aaron Dontez Yates

Travis Scott- the most surprising seemingly normal stage name, he was born Jacques Bermon Webster II

Waka Flocka Flame- Juaquin James Malphurs

The Weeknd- Abel Makkonen Tesfaye

Wiz Khalifa- Cameron Jibril Thomaz, not sure why I thought Wiz was short for something

Xzibit- Alvin Nathaniel Joiner

Which one was the most surprising to you? Was there any great ones that I missed?

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