Nerdy Real Names Of Famous Rappers

Some rappers have some pretty rad stage names. Ghostface Killah. Dr. Dre. Ol'Dirty Bastard. RIP you crazy mofo. So you can totally see why they'd rather go by those than Dennis, Andre or Russell. Perfectly fine names but not as blingy. The following 10 rappers though...they really had no choice. Their original names had absolutely NO street cred. WORD!

 

Drake--Aubrey Graham

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It's not like Drake is the flyest stage name ever...but Aubrey Graham? Sounds like a soap opera actress. Which I guess is fitting since he got his start on Degrassi: The Next Generation. Drake , Aubrey, whatever, you'll always be Jimmy Brooks to me!

 

Bow Wow--Shad Moss

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I guess Bow Wow is aiiight. You like to bone? You're a dawg? Okay...but Shad Moss? That sounds like something my Nana uses to make wreaths with.

 

Eminem--Marshall Bruce Mathers

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Okay, we all pretty much know this one, but I think seeing it with a teenaged Mr. Mathers really illustrates the straight-up geek of it all.  The only thing scarier than Stan is an ALF fan.

 

Nelly--Cornell Haynes Jr.

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Nelly is definitely not the most butch moniker, but I guess there's something kind of tough about giving yourself such a prissy name. Cornell Haynes Jr. sounds like a professor. I'm pretty sure the only thing Nelly could school us in is the art of getting girls to take their clothes off and Grillz 101.

 

Foxy Brown--Inga Marchand

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Foxy Brown is for sure a hot stage name. Inga Marchand sounds like a hot milk maid name. I highly recommend not trying to milk Foxy's ill NaNas. I'm pretty sure she can take a bitch out.

 

T.I.--Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.

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T.I. Is kind of boring I guess. It's short for Tip. Because you know Tip is a real mouthful. But Clifford just reminds me of big red dogs. At least T.I. reminds me of the big house. That's definitely more badass. In a horrible prisony kind of way.

 

Ice T--Tracy Marrow

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Ice T is definitely a delicious and refreshing beverage. It is, however, not the coolest name. But DAYUM, anything is better than Tracy. For a dude!?! Having that name will really toughen you up I bet. 

 

Coolio--Artis Ivey Jr.

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Coolio is not cool, but it is cooler than Artis. But you know what's really not cool? Still attempting your trademark hairstyle even when you're balding. Give it up. Start a fun hat collection.

 

Bubba Sparxxx---Warren Mathis

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Warren Mathis sounds like the name of someone who's a connoisseur of porn and prefers the nickname Bubba. He just isn't gonna be rad no matter what.  Who liked him again? 

 

Xzibit--Alvin Nathaniel Joyner

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Yo Dawg! I heard you liked chipmunks, so I named you after a chipmunk and I filled your cheeks with acorns and nuts. He definitely needed to pimp his name!

Which is your favorite? Do you know any others?  Let me know @desijedeikin or in the comments below!

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