With the trend of artists like Snoop Dogg and Game altering their rap alias over the past few years, hip-hop artist Webstar talks to SOHH about why he uses his deejay name on a case by case basis.
Although Webstar is thriving without “DJ” in front of his name, he said the title is applied when he does get behind turntables.
“That’s just me being a little creative,” Webstar told SOHH when asked about dropping the “DJ” from his rap alias. “I have alter egos. When I’m in ‘artist’ mode, I’m just Webstar. But when I’m in deejay mode, like when I was just in Los Angeles or Atlantic City deejaying for Jamie Foxx and Mary J. Blige, I’m DJ Webstar. When I’m working, I’m Webstar. It’s like two [personas]. [No death to the deejay name.] Never. Never.” (SOHH)
He also admitted his love for deejaying is equal to his passion for rocking stages on the microphone.
“Both of them are my passion,” Web added. “When I’m on stage performing before a crowd, I’m always feeling that. Or when I’m deejaying, I’m also in front of the crowd. It’s the same feeling. It goes hand in hand. Both of them give you a keen sense of music. Either one gives me a whole bunch of new ideas. … It’s too hard to explain. I’m not going to choose which one I like. I like performing just as much as deejaying.” (SOHH)
In 2009, Game revealed he dropped “The” from his hip-hop alias.
“It’s just Game now, I took the t-h-e off, you know what I’m saying,” Game confirmed in an interview. “I’m just coastin’ through, day-by-day, somebody got a script, I’ma read it, if it fits me, hopefully I’ll get it. I’m just day-by-day right now. I’m strictly on the color red, I ain’t going no further than that, it’s gonna be the craziest album out of all four of ‘em and it’s the most hood album.” (Hip Hollywood)
A few weeks ago, West Coast rap veteran Snoop Dogg added “Lion” to his name.
Is Snoop Dogg changing his name? It seems the rapper is changing things up, transforming into Snoop Lion (though his legal name remains Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.). The West Coast artist held a news conference in New York on Monday, where he talked about his February trip to Jamaica as the inspiration for his change of moniker. The Lion worked on his new album, “Reincarnated,” while visiting the island. What do you think of Snoop Lion’s new name? (Boston)