Rapper names range from creative, memorable to even funny and often times, we find ourselves yearning to know how their iconic stage names came about.
American rapper and entrepreneur, Shawn Corey Carter, popularly known for his stage name Jay-Z, hands down has one of the best and creative stage names in hip-hop. The story behind the name is quite an interesting one.
How Did Jay-Z Get His Name?
Jay-Z initially went by the name “Jazzy” in his younger years, living in the Marcy Projects of Brooklyn.
The name “Jazzy” was later developed to Jay-Z, which he adapted as his new stage name.
The name change was to pay homage to the J and Z subway in Brooklyn, where he lived, and to salute his mentor Jaz-o, who was also a rapper and producer.
On July 18, 2013, however, the rapper announced he had removed the hyphen in Jay-Z and preferred to go by Jay-Z.