Every now and then famous singers whose stage names helped them make their many hits that go off at parties and nightclubs will want to reinvent their imagine to avoid becoming outdated and stay fresh. One way of reinventing themselves is to change their stage name again and be dismissive of their old one, forgetting it was that first stage name that got them to where they are now.
However sometimes, whether their huge ego allowed them to think everything they come up with is awesome or they snorted too much cocaine, they will pick a name so ridiculous that they lose all credibility and become a bit of a laughing stock. You’re given a name from the day you’re born or from when you signed a record contract; stick with it.
1. Snoop Doggy Dogg/Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion
Happening only in the past week, this charismatic dude has recently decided to give up rap in favour of reggae. This may not come as too much of a surprise considering everyone knows Snoop smokes weed, but it’s a pretty lazy name change if you think about it. Going from Dogg to Lion but keeping Snoop intact seems silly. It becomes even sillier when you realise that there aren’t any lions in Jamaica, the home of reggae. Still, you can’t deny the Rastafarian hat suits Snoop.
2. Puff Daddy/P. Diddy/Diddy/Swag/Diddy
Though he isn’t as popular today as he was in the late ’90s and early ’00s, the main two things people remember him for are ‘I’ll Be Missing You’ and changing his name three times. The name Puff Daddy was cool and a respectable rapper name that he changed to P. Diddy in 2001. He claims this was a tribute to his deceased from the Notorious B.I.G. who called him Diddy. Though he kept the P in Puff in that name, he got rid of it in 2005 to be just Diddy. For one week in 2011, he changed his name for one week to Swag, just for the hell of it, before going back to Diddy.
3. Prince/The Love Symbol/The Artist Formerly Known As Prince/Prince
Prince is actually the singer’s real first name, but he omitted from using his full name Prince Rogers Nelson, simply because “Prince” by itself was an intriguing name. Because of legal issues with Warner Bros. regarding control over Prince’s music, Prince decided to change his name to an unpronounceable symbol Prince called The Love Symbol (though isn’t the love symbol a love heart?). Because this symbol baffled everyone, many called him The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, until Prince himself changed his name back to Prince.