Over the years, there have been a number of different rappers who have changed their names. And, they’ve done it for lots of different reasons. Some rappers, like Lil Bow Wow who dropped the “Lil” and changed his name to just Bow Wow, have done it to signify their growth. Others, like Tity Boi who changed his name to 2 Chainz, have done it to appeal to a larger audience. And, a whole bunch, like Mos Def who changed his name to Yasiin Bey, have done it simply for the sake of change.
With all of that in mind, we really weren’t all that surprised when we heard that Gucci Mane wanted to change his name earlier this week. What we were surprised about, though, was that he settled on “Guwop” for his new rap moniker. Gu-WHAT?! Needless to say, we didn’t think it was a good career move.
Fortunately, we weren’t alone. Thousands of Gucci’s Twitter followers pleaded with him not to change his name and, within half an hour, he took to Twitter and announced that he was sticking with Gucci Mane. But, unfortunately, not all rappers have made the right call in his situation. There have been plenty of others who have changed their names to something silly and not changed it back. So, in light of Gucci Mane’s situation, we decided to take a look back at The 10 Most Ridiculous Name Changes in Hip-Hop History. What in the world were these guys thinking?