Rappers may have hardcore images to uphold, but they weren’t always as tough as they make themselves out to be. Once upon a time they were tiny little babies, the apple of their mothers eye. And their mothers named them so. Check out some of the more unusual and unexpected real names of some of the biggest rappers in the world.

Rappers may have hardcore images to uphold, but they weren't always as tough as they make themselves out to be. Once upon a time they were tiny little babies, the apple of their mothers eye. And their mothers named them so. Check out some of the more unusual and unexpected real names of some of the biggest rappers in the world.
Snoop Dogg was Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.
50 Cent was Curtis James Jackson III
Flavor Flav was William Jonathan Drayton, Jr.
Flo Rida was Tramar Dillard
Grandmaster Flash was Joseph Saddler
Kid Cudi was Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi
Lil' Wayne was Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr
MIA was Mathangi Arulpragasam
Tupac was Lesane Parish Crooks
P. Diddy was Sean John Combs
Ne-Yo was Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr.
Notorious B.I.G was Christopher George Latore Wallace
Big Boi was Antwan André Patton
Ice Cube was O'Shea Jackson
T-Pain was Faheem Rasheed Najm
Vanilla Ice was Robert Matthew Van Winkle
RZA (Wu-Tang Clan) was Robert Fitzgerald Diggs

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