Come on Son! The 10 Worst Hip Hop Name/Personality Changes
WORDS BY PETITE ANGLAISE
Mind you this list is extremely bias and more or less useless, but it does showcase some very popular artist in the hip hop community that changes they way we think, what we wear, and how other perceive this genre. With the title of #1 bearing the most changed artist in this genre and 10 being the least but just as morphed, this short list of recent and past rappers/entertainers highlights the ever evolving genre that is Hip Hop.
Ice T is no longer a NWA. Even with Coco at his side, Ice T has lost much of his pimptastic street cred. Why? Cause money is the root of all evil, and so is his role as Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola on Law & Order SVU.
WWEED..aka What would Eazy-E do after learning that one of the most feared rappers out of the west coast was now making family friendly movies with Nia Long…NIA LONG. Even after publicly ridiculing Oprah for her stance against the Hip Hop nation, his street cred never recovered.
Russell Simmons came unto the hip hop scene with overbearing logos and a penchant for making money, but sadly he’s trailing behind Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and even Sean Combs monetary-wise and pop-culture-wise. The dude hasn’t acknowledged or impressed this community since Tommy Hilfiger gave us the middle finger. Even sadder is his metamorphose from urban pioneer to the most popular “becky” loving casanova this generation has ever seen.
Even though he taught me how to make money using Food Stamps, the downfall of Ol’ Dirty Bastard came way before the ill fated proclamation of his new rap name Baby Jesus. His documentary on MTV and countless run ins with the law paired with his untimely death not only negatively impacted the rap game, but left Wu-Tang with one less killer bee.
It goes without saying the infamous Queen Bee has changed. Her music, still very “real” and very “raw,” is now even harder to digest given that her appearance is some what of a mask. As a petite individual myself, I wouldn’t say she was an ideal role model, but as a fast talking, opinionated female I appreciated how she maneuvered around the heavily male dominated world of the music industry. But now that her physical appearance has evolved, I’m not even sure if she still is the rap equivalent to BIGGIE or another well bleached, poorly dressed mannequin dubbed Lil’ Kim.
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