Grand Taxonomy of Rapper Names

by Matt Forcey

Ever wonder how rappers come up with their stage names?  We’ve chilled with the Ices: Ice-T, Ice Cube, Vanilla Ice.  Have been graced by royalty: Queen Latifah, Sir Mix-a-lot, the Fresh Prince.  And got a bit funky with the Lil’s: Lil’ Wayne, Lil’ Kim, Lil’ Romeo.  Spend some time squinting at this new infographic from Brooklyn design shop Pop Chart Lab to see the connections between 266 nom de plumes (consider using your browser’s zoom for a better look).  You can even buy a nicely printed copy of the chart, 18″x24″ on 100# poster stock, for twenty bucks.

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