[List] “Oh, Na, Na, What’s My Name?” What If Your Favorite AMP Artists Went By Their Real Names?

If you plan on playing the fame game, then you’ll need to come up with a flashy and recognizable stage name.

It’s got to be unique, but simple enough to catch on like wildfire.

With some artists, it’s obvious. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Gaga[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Wiz Khalifa[/lastfm]? They definitely thought outside of the box, but there are some singers going by different names and you may have never even thought twice about it!

Check out what names your favorite AMP artists were reppin’ before they made it to the big leagues.

10. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Busta Rhymes[/lastfm] — Trevor Taheim Smith, Jr.

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He spits one of the fastest verses we’ve ever heard on [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Chris Brown[/lastfm]’s hit “Look At Me Now,” but did you know before he started rapping, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Busta Rhymes[/lastfm] answered to the name Trevor Taheim Smith, Jr.?

Good choice, Trevor, with the neck-breaking speed you bust out lyrics, we at AMP Radio wouldn’t know what else to call you.

9. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Snoop Dogg[/lastfm] — Calvin Broadus

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“Hold up wait a minute…” Ever wonder what [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Snoop Dogg[/lastfm] went by back when he was just a little puppy?

Straight out of Long Beach, Calvin Broadus worked on his flow and has became a favorite featured artist on AMP Radio.

8. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Fergie[/lastfm] — Stacy Ann Ferguson

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“Can’t Get Enough?” Before hooking up with the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Black Eyed Peas[/lastfm] in 2002, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Fergie[/lastfm] used to go by Stacy Ann Ferguson.

Just don’t confuse her with that other Fergie, the former Duchess of York!

7. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jay-Z[/lastfm] — Shawn Carter

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Pretty soon he’ll be holding down the throne with Kanye on tour, but for right now [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jay-Z[/lastfm] has no problem letting everybody know he was born as Shawn Carter.

When you see him in concert, don’t let him catch you screaming his old nickname “Jazzy” or else rumors may stir up that he slapped YOU too. Yikes!

6. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Wiz Khalifa[/lastfm] –Cameron Jibril Thomaz

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“Yea, uh huh, you know what it is…” It wasn’t too long ago that cool kid [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Wiz Khalifa[/lastfm] took over our speakers with “Black And Yellow.”

He originally chose the nickname Young Wiz because he was good at everything he did, but before that Cameron Jibril Thomaz was just a well-traveled army brat. 

5. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bruno Mars[/lastfm] –Bruno Sammartino

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Can you think of a professional wrestler you’d actually want to be named after?  Kind of hard, right?

Well, Peter Gene Hernandez didn’t have to because his father took care of that and gave him the nickname Bruno in honor of the chubby professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino.

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bruno Mars[/lastfm], AMP Radio loves you “Just the Way You Are,” chubby or not!

4. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nicki Minaj[/lastfm] — Onika Tanya Miraj

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[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nicki Minaj[/lastfm] first got noticed as a member of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lil Wayne[/lastfm]’s Young Money crew, but this hip hop diva could have turned heads going by her real name Onika Tanya Miraj.

If you don’t know who she is, just listen to her latest hit and she’ll remind you, “Somebody, please tell him who the eff I is. I am Nicki Minaj, I mack them dudes up.”

3. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rihanna[/lastfm] — Robyn Rihanna Fenty

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“Oh, Na, Na, What’s My Name”?  It’s Rihanna isn’t it?

Well-known by her middle name, Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty has blown up AMP Radio’s playlist this summer with her latest single, “Cheers.”

2. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Gaga[/lastfm] — Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was “Born This Way,” well, born by this name.

Nowadays, she is known around the world and around the Twitterverse as [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Gaga[/lastfm].

1. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Katy Perry[/lastfm] — Kathryn Hudson

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She most recently made headlines for her alter ego “Kathy Beth Terry,” but did you know that [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Katy Perry[/lastfm]’s real name is actually Kathryn Hudson?

Perry wanted to avoid being confused with actress Kate Hudson, so she decided to take her mother’s maiden last name as her own.

There are still some rare copies of her first self-titled album “Katy Hudson”.

If she re-released it, do you think it would it be as successful as her “Teenage Dream” album?

  • Do you like when artists go by nicknames or are you a stickler for what’s on their birth certificate? Tell us what you think!

[Sources: The Times, Zimbio & Fun Lobby]

This blog was written by AMP Radio intern Amanda.

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