Louisiana rapper Lil Boosie is the latest hip-hop artist to switch up his rap name by officially changing it to “Boosie Badazz.”
According to reports, a Boosie representative confirmed the unexpected switch this week.
Lil Boosie is out of prison after more than five years behind bars, and now he’s got a new rap name to go along with all that newfound freedom. On two of his most recent appearances—”Beez Like” off Jeezy’s Seen It All and “Jet Fuel” from T.I.’s “Paperwork”—the Baton Rouge MC has been credited in the liner notes as Boosie Badazz rather than his original name Lil Boosie. Today a rep for the rapper confirmed that the liner notes weren’t an accident, and that they reflected an official name change for him. (XXL Mag)
Check out these other rap star name changes…
Over the summer, Bow Wow addressed a decision to change his rap moniker to Shad Moss.
“It’s a name that they heard my whole career,” he told Rap-Up TV at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. “To me, it wasn’t really that big of a deal. I was laughing at the reaction that everybody was making it the biggest news in the world. It was just hilarious ’cause I was like, ‘Sh*t. I’m just using my normal name.'” (Rap-Up)
A few months ago, reports claimed rap star Diddy switched back to his old moniker “Puff Daddy.”
Sean Combs is a man of many names. He’s been Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy and just plain ol’ Diddy. But he’s now decided to go back to his ’90s roots and become Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs once again. The name change comes in honor of his first album in four years, MMM, which does not have a release date as of yet. In a teaser clip for his latest single “Big Homie,” which will officially drop next Monday (March 31), Puff Daddy makes his triumphant return with a little help from Rick Ross and French Montana, who recently proclaimed that he’ll be executive producing MMM with a recording studio clip posted on Instagram. (News Radio)
G-Unit’s 50 Cent weighed in on rap veteran Snoop Dogg changing his name to “Snoop Lion.”
“It’s interesting,” 50 told THR in an interview for his upcoming film Freelancers. “Of course, there will be some people who connect to it and there will be some people that run from it – I don’t know how his little league team’s parents will feel about his new persona. But again, it’s a persona – these are the choices he’s created for himself creatively. And, you know, I think it will work.” 50 observes that not just Snoop but hip-hop itself has a long history of celebrating weed culture. “Snoop’s always been that,” he says. “In the very beginning, that was his consistent theme – he had the weed, and everything else was there. [But] for hip-hop culture, it will work, because there’s enough of that going on; Wiz Khalifa, his entire theme is that. I’ve consistently seen artists sell 500,000 copies with that as a theme: Redman, Method Man, Styles P.” (The Hollywood Reporter)