Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane nearly broke fans’ hearts this week when he announced plans to change up his renowned hip-hop tag after nearly a decade in the rap game.
Gucci revealed mid-summer plans to etch out his alias and change it early Monday (March 4) morning.
“July 2nd I’m officially changing my rap name to Guwop and retiring the great GucciMane Thanks Fans, for 8 years as Gucci now it’s Wop turn,” Gucci tweeted to the dismay of his fans. (Gucci Mane’s Twitter)
Within an hour, the Atlanta rapper announced the name change was off due to backlash from his supporters.
“I am officially NOT changing my name to Guwop it will officially stay Gucci Mane due to my Fans’ response.. Trap House 3 & Juug House July 2″
“Ya’ll Hell … Lmfao” (Gucci Mane’s Twitter)
Another fellow Atlanta rapper Young Dro had a change of heart with his rap moniker last fall.
“PSA NO Longer am I the artist “young dro” I’m officially #3krazy you can call me three u can call me krazy anything but young dro,” he tweeted November 15th.
“3krazy music group is official and I own it so any talent that wana work foreal and u serious about music join 3krazy music group”
“We gone start from the bottom to the top WORK and u don’t like it get in da box ima Rap circles around u wi da flow”
“Every thing 3krazy over here I gota model team #3krazy merch t shirts hoodies all dat build my empire in yall face” (Young Dro’s Twitter)
Last September, the artist formerly known as “Mos Def” spoke out on changing his rap alias to Yasiin Bey.
“I began to fear that Mos Def was being treated as a product, not a person, so I’ve been going by Yasiin since ’99. At first it was just for friends and family, but now I’m declaring it openly,” he said in an interview. “When my paternal grandfather passed a few years back, I started to wear a shirt and tie every day, like he did. Michael Jackson’s death had a big impact on me, too. Right before the Ecstatic tour in 2009, I began wearing loafers and high-waisted pants. And that’s where my look started. … Hip-hop is the last true folk art. I got involved with Ale et Ange because it represents hip-hop in a way that isn’t pandering. It’s nice to see something that’s elegant, skillful, and raw.” (GQ)