Snoop Dogg Becomes Snoop Lion: Other Rappers to Switch Names

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Rapper Snoop Dogg is changing his name one more time. The singer-actor is preparing to release a reggae album under the name Snoop Lion. Seeing that it's a new chapter for the entertainer and his band The Jungle, the name change might have been appropriate. Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, began his career in the early 1990s under the name Snoop Doggy Dogg. Clearly, name changes are nothing new for him. In fact, the rap community has seen many members change their stage names. Here is a look at some of the most notable rap artists to change their stage name at one point or another.

Sean Combs has various name changes

One of the biggest rappers and entrepreneurs in the business, Sean has been known by many different names throughout his career. Currently going by the name Diddy, Sean launched his rap career under the name Puff Daddy. In 2001, he switched his name to P Diddy after beating weapons charges so that he could put his past behind him. He eventually dropped the first letter and went simply by Diddy, but that wasn't the end of the name changes for him. For one week in 2011, the singer went by the name Swag. "I've gone as Puff, Puffy, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy, King Combs - my real name is Sean Combs - and for a week, this week only, you can call me by my new name, Swag," he said as he announced a comeback.

Biggie Smalls becomes Notorious B.I.G.

The late rapper and close friend of Combs was forced to change his name as a result of copyright infringement. The big guy known as Christopher Wallace began has rap career as Biggie Smalls, a reference to both his size and his childhood. However, he was forced to change the name after it was discovered that Biggie Smalls was already in use. Even though he did his part and adopted a new moniker, many people still happily refer to him by his original stage name.

Mos Def becomes Yasiin Bey

The versatile rapper-actor ditched the Mos Def moniker in 2011. The entertainer, whose real name is Dante Smith, decided to switch his stage name to Yasiin Bey. "Mos Def is a name that I built and cultivated through the years," he said after making the change. "I feel that I've done quite a bit with that name. It's time to expand and move on." He first adopted the Mos Def name in 1994 as he launched his musical career a couple of years before forming the group Black Star.

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