Andre 3000 (Getty Images)
Biggie Smalls aka The Notorious B.I.G. (Getty Images)
Kendrick Lamar aka K. Dot (Getty Images)
Mos Def aka Yasiin Bey (Getty Images)
Ol Dirty Bastard aka Big Baby Jesus (Getty Images)
Rick Ross aka Ricky Rozay (Getty Images)
Common Sense aka Common (Getty Images)
Puffy Daddy aka P.Diddy aka Diddy (Getty Images)
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Recently, “trap rapper” Gucci Mane used social media to announce he was changing his stage name from to “Guwop”.
Whether or not he was serious is still to be determined, but it did shed light on the phenomenon of recording artists using a name change or alias to promote a new album, lifestyle, or to distance themselves from a checkered past.
Check out our list of some our favorite artists whose rap handles or nicknames have changed.
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