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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by Alleen Pace Nilsen
Arizona State University
Deejay DJing DJin DJ’n
Blue Jays DJ AJ DJ Clark Kent
DJ Craze DJ Evil Dee DJ Kay Gee
DJ Timmy Tim Jazzy Jay Juicy 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)
American Colors Amerikkan Colors
Deaf Jam Def Jam
Deaf Leopard Def Leppard
Craft Works Kraftwerks
Rough Riders’ Records Ruff 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.