Rapper Name Origin Stories

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What's in a name?

Have you ever wondered where your favorite rapper got his/her name from? I have, all the time. While some music; artists go by their real names, many rappers create monikers for themselves. And I’m sure you’ve always asked yourself how they got their stage names. I mean, seriously, like how did Donald Glover come up with Childish Gambino? Or Shawn Carter come up with Jay-Z. And it’s been boggling my mind trying to figure out how in the entire hell Willie Maxwell dubbed himself Fetty Wap. Well, now that I know, it’s time for you to find out!

Gucci Mane performs on stage at Gucci and Friends Homecoming Concert at Fox Theatre on July 22, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia

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Here's how your favorite rapper got his/her name
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