Top 10 Rappers Named After Real-Life GangstersSince the '80s, gangster and street culture has heavily influenced Hip Hop culture and the rapping art form. This has not defined the genre but has influenced the creation of sub genres such as, Gangsta Rap and Mafiaso Rap, and has of course lead to a selection of rappers, naming themselves after members of organized crime.
THIS LIST IS NOT IN SUPPORT OF GANGSTERS AND ORGANIZED CRIME.
The 'G' in Kool G Rap is known to stand for 'Giancana'. Which derives from the name of Sam Giancana's, from the Chicago Outfit. Let it be known that Kool G Rap has stated that the 'G' stands for Genius but let's assume it doesn't for now.
West Coast icon, Daz Dillinger, got his name from the American 'Great Deppression' gangster, John Dillinger.
The 'Sigel' after Beanie came from the 'Jewish Mob' gangster, Bubsy Sigel who was active during the 1920s-1940s in New York.
MGK took his name straight from the American gangster, Machine Gun Kelly, from the Prohibition Era (1920s).
Rick Ross and Freeway were both named after the same person, and that is, "Freeway" Rick Ross. The rapper was sued by Rick Ross Freeway himself for the use of his name. To make a long story short, Rick Ross remains with the name, clearly because of first amendment laws in The United States.
The Queens Gangster rapper, known for his duo with NOREGA, Capone-N-Norega, was named after the boss of the 'Chicago Outfit', and possibly the most well-known gangster of all time, Al Capone.
Curtis Jackson took his name from the nickname of a New York city street hustler and gangster, Kelvin Martin, who was nicknamed, 50 Cent. He wasn't quite well known or anything like that but his nickname apparently inspired the name we all now know as '50 Cent'.
Pretty cool list idea. Also it doesn't surprise me at all that 50 Cent was named after a real gangster.
Although he now goes by the stage name, NORE, this nickname of Noreaga, although spelt slightly differently, derived from the name of Manuel Antonio Noriega. Noriega was a drug smuggler who happened to be the ruler of Panama.
Roc-A-Fella icon and State Property group member, Freeway, took his rap stage name from the living (in 2021) gangster, Freeway Rick Ross.
Yo Gotti was named after the largely well-known Italian-American, gangster, John Gotti, who was the head of Gambino family in New York City.