Meek Mill Rapper and Producer Names by Rap Genius Editors

Robert Williams went by the nickname “Meek Millions” for most of his life, then dropped the last syllable when he became a rapper.

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Cyhi the Prynce Rapper and Producer Names by Rap Genius Editors

Cydel Young shares a birthday with Prince Charles of Wales, so he changed the “del” in his birth name to a “hi” in his rap name because he wanted to be addressed as your highness.

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ScHoolboy Q Rapper and Producer Names by Rap Genius Editors

The “Schoolboy” from Quincy Matthew Hanley’s rap name is a nod to the fact he maintained a 3.3 GPA in school while playing sports and selling dope with the Hoover Crips. The Q is simply in reference to the first letter of his first name.

Note — Q capitalizes the H in his name, and the H of everything he writes in reference to all of the important H’s in his life: Hiipower, Hippy, Hoover, Heaven, and Hell.

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Action Bronson Rapper and Producer Names by Rap Genius Editors

Arian Asllani joined the rap game after injuring his knee while cooking at the gourmet restaurant he worked at. When he came up with his rap name, the Action part came from his graffiti days in Queens when he would tag buildings with the name “Action”, and the Bronson came from the surname of his grandfather’s favorite actor Charles Bronson.

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Fabolous Rapper and Producer Names by Rap Genius Editors

John David Jackson’s stage name proves that some amount of good comes from every situation. He was going by the tentative rap name “Sport” when he rapped for DJ Clue at Hot 97, and dropped a line where he called himself a “fabulous vocabulist”. Clue began spreading the word of a talented young lyricist named “Fabulous”, so Fab had no choice but to change his rap name in order to capitalize on the buzz associated with the name Fabulous. Switching it to Fabolous was most likely done to add some originality to the name.

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Ab-Soul Rapper and Producer Names by Rap Genius Editors

Herbert Anthony Stevens IV originally planned to go by the stage name “Absolute”, but thought it was too boring. He was inspired to make the change after watching his little sister perform in a Dreamgirls production and hearing the crowd chant “Jimmy’s got soul!” when Jimmy Early performed. He constantly reminds us to write the hyphen in between Ab and Soul to avoid confusion with another group called Absoul.

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2 Chainz Rapper and Producer Names by Rap Genius Editors

Tauheed Epp’s new stage name is obviously inspired in part by his tendency to wear two chains at the same time, but it goes a little deeper than that. After going by “Tity Boi” in the hip-hop duo Playaz Circle, he adopted his new name when he began a solo career in order to represent second chances.

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Yelawolf Rapper and Producer Names by Rap Genius Editors

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Jay Z Rapper and Producer Names by Rap Genius Editors

The origin of Shawn Corey Carter’s stage name is one of much debate. The general consensus is that it comes from his childhood nickname “jazzy” and is also a head nod towards his mentor Jaz-O, but some also believe that it was done in reference to the J and Z subway lines that ran through Jay’s neighborhood when he was a kid. It makes sense, but sources close to Jay have written that interpretation off as an urban legend.

Note — Jay-Z dropped the hyphen from his name for the first time in the credits to Watch The Throne, then finalized the move years later (R.I.P.).

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Game Rapper and Producer Names by Rap Genius Editors

Jayceon Taylor’s grandmother gave him his stage name at a very young age, because he was “game” for any sport when he was a kid. He went by “The Game” in the beginning of his career, but dropped the “the” on later albums.

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