From Dijon To Webster: The Interesting Government Names Of Today’s Popular Rappers

August 5, 2014 ‐ By

As a person with a long and interesting surname, I can always appreciate a good tongue twister or head scratcher when it comes to other people’s names. We’ve found that you all enjoy such quick glimpses into the lives of the people whose music is all over the radio, so here are few (make that quite a few actually) government names of rap stars that are quite the contrast from their colorful stage names.

Trinidad James

While his look and his stage name are very colorful (many have likened his image to that of Jerome from “Martin”), James was actually born Nicholas Williams. No frills, just Nicholas (probably called Nick or Nicky). The Atlanta-bred rapper was actually born in Trinidad, so one can assume that the island influenced his rap name.

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  • Dee

    Another list I could have sworn I saw on another site like Buzzfeed or something…. interesting

  • C J Jordan

    Too many stereotypical names. Smh

  • Jen

    The Lu Lu Lu part is what did me in LOL

    • Miss_Racquel

      Yea like did he really need three of those?!? LOL

  • Trisha_B

    I wonder what Akons id look like. I have 3 middle names & they literally had to chop & screw my name so it could fit lol

    • Aaliyah Noelle

      Lmaaoo I love your comments

      • Trisha_B

        Lol Thank you!

  • Doll Phace

    The Akon one was a joke right???

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  • Aaliyah Noelle

    Akon’s parents left the USA to go live in Africa? Wow I wonder what the reasoning is behind that

    • Katiopa

      What do you imply?

      • Aaliyah Noelle

        That I would like to know the reason why. Nothing negative. Just would like to know what would prompt them to do that

        • Zoe2133

          Maybe because that was there home and they felt comfortable and at peace there

          • Aaliyah Noelle

            Hmm ..

            • Tee Elyse

              On his Behind The Music, he said that his parents wanted to make sure that each of their children were born in the US, I forgot the reason why though

              • Aaliyah Noelle

                Oh okay ! That’s all I was asking. Thanks for not making a big deal outta what I said. Mf’ers acting like I said “ew Africa ew dirty !” Like wtf
                I’m African American. Why TF would I diss where my people came from? Foh fools. But thank you tho

                • Tee Elyse

                  LOL no problem! And I feel you, everybody always trying to read between the lines!

    • Reece

      I hope you know that’s not uncommon. You can have a great life in many African countries. Oh Americans.

      • Aaliyah Noelle

        When did I say you couldn’t ? What are you talking about ? You reading way too much into what I said

    • Miss_Racquel

      His father is from Senegal so that’s probably why, because he moved specifically to Senegal and then back to the U.S.