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Funky Homosapiens: The Best Rapper Names Of All Time

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Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 7:57 AM

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Last week we ran down the world's corniest MC names, and on Haterade Monday this week we complained about the worst albums by the best L.A. rappers, as well as the most ridiculous Beach Boys songs (including one where Brian Wilson raps).

But it's time to bring the love back. It's what Heavy D would have wanted us to do. Here, then, are the best rapper names ever.

Rapper name: Big Daddy Kane

Location: New York City

Twitter followers: 18,372

Why this name is awesome: Juice Crew icon Big Daddy Kane's name invokes the best of the '70s blaxploitation era. It sounds slick and strong, like a particularly skilled pimp slap. As with other top rap handles, it also alludes to grandeur and superiority -- traits Kane possessed by the bucket load back in his golden era prime.

Rapper name: Del The Funky Homosapien

Location: The Bay Area

Twitter followers: Too busy playing video games to tweet.

Why this name is awesome: Del's real name is Teren Jones, which sounds like a '90s new jack swinger. But by invoking his middle name (Delvon) and adding a swagger-tastic description of what he is (a modern man of the funky variety), Del coined a classic MC name. The moniker's length also made it an attention grabber early on, which is important in a young rap career.

Rapper name: Busta Rhymes

Location: New York City

Twitter followers: 695,229

Why this name is awesome: According to rap lore, Busta's name was given to him by Public Enemy front man Chuck D. In part a pun on the NFL player George "Buster" Rhymes, but it also describes aptly what the rapper does, a sort of hip-hop onomatopoeia. At the very least it bests his government name: Trevor Smith.

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