Naming and Spelling Practices in Hip Hop. by Alleen Pace Nilsen Arizona State University. Hip Hop grew out of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and ’70s. It rejects the status quo and emphasizes the individual.
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Naming and Spelling Practices in Hip Hop
by Alleen Pace Nilsen
Arizona State University
DeejayDJing DJin DJ’n
Blue Jays DJ AJDJ Clark Kent
DJ Craze DJ Evil DeeDJ Kay Gee
DJ Timmy Tim Jazzy JayJuicy J
mc, emcee, eemceein, MCing, MC’n and Femcee for a woman.
Coke La Rock
Iroc (aka Roca Dolla)
King Ad-Rock (one of the Beastie Boys)
Roc-A-Fella (a record production company)
Rock City Rockers (a b-boy group)
Rock Steady Crew (a b-boy group)
Scott La Rock (originally Scott Sterling)
Cold Crush Brothers
Cold Crush Four
Fresh Kid Ice
Kool Moe Dee
Wayne “Frosty Freeze” Frost
American ColorsAmerikkan Colors
Deaf JamDef Jam
Deaf LeopardDef Leppard
Rough Riders’ RecordsRuff Ryers Records
People who have once changed their name, often feel free to change it again.
E. G. Sean Coombs chose the stage name of Puff Daddy, but in 2001 changed to P. Diddy.
Then when he went into business, changed back to Sean Coombs, maybe so he could use the eye-rhyme of Sean Jeans on his clothing.
Most news stories listed him as P. Diddy (Sean) Combs, but when Michael Jackson died in 2009, his memorial statement was released under the name of Sean (P. Diddy) Coombs.
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