The artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg made a big announcement yesterday during his press conference at Miss Lily’s in NYC. For the time being, the West Coast rapper has changed his name to Snoop Lion and is fully embracing the new reggae persona seen in his latest song produced by Diplo.

While Snoop Lion is currently undergoing an artistic transformation, plenty of other MCs have opted for a name change at some point in their career. From rappers who’ve publicized their amateur monikers to those who made the decision well after achieving fame, here are 40 hip-hop artists who made the switch.

Tity Boi to 2 Chainz

Puff Daddy to P. Diddy to Diddy

Common Sense to Common

TIP to T.I.

Terror to Pusha T

Baby to Birdman

Fat Joe Da Gangsta to Fat Joe

Big Moon Dawg to Big Punisher to Big Pun

Therapist to J. Cole

Nasty to Nas

MC Love Child to Q-Tip

Dre to Andre 3000

Biggie Smalls to The Notorious B.I.G.

K. Dot to Kendrick Lamar

Ol’ Dirty B

Mos Def to Yasiin Bey

MC New York to 2Pac to Makaveli

Dee Luciano to Danny Brown

Killer Mike to Mike Bigga to Killer Mike

The Game to Game

Easy Mac to Mac Miller

Mr. Muthaf**kin’ eXquire to MFN eXquire

Nero to Ro Ransom

Kwame to K1 Mil

Ruck to Sean Price

Lil Bow Wow to Bow Wow

Lil J to Young Jeezy to Jeezy to Young Jeezy

Murda Ma$e to Ma$e

MnM to Eminem

Professor Macklemore to Macklemore

Ghostface Killah to Tony Starks to Ghostface Killah

Sluggo to Slug

DJ Timmy Tim to Timbaland

Zev Love X to MF Doom to DOOM

Lil Zane to Zane

Malicious to Malice to No Malice

Lil Romeo to Romeo

Tha Alkaholiks to Tha Liks

Peedi Crakk to Peedi Peedi

MC Hammer to Hammer


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