Picking A Good Rap Name

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When your setting your sites on becoming an established rap artist it’s important that you pick a good rap name. But what is a good rap name and how can you come up with one? All of that will be explained in this article so without further ado LET’S GET IT!!

What Is It?

It’s important to understand what a rap name actually is in legal terms. For example McDonald’s mascot Ronald McDonald is actually intellectual property meaning you can’t legally use that name to make money without first getting permission or you could be sued for infringement.

This same concept applies to rappers. A rappers name is actually intellectual property which falls under the legal term Service Trademark or service mark. Meaning when you are rapping on stage you are actually performing a service and your rap name represents you which is the brand name of that service. Therefore no one can legally use your rap name to make money without your permission if you have trademarked it.

Research

So the first step to picking a good rap name is making sure you’re not picking a name that’s already used. This ensures you’re not putting a lot of hard work and money into building awareness around your brand only to find out you are infringing on someone else’s name and they end up suing you.

For example 2007 Soulja Boy “tell em” was sued for infringement by Souljah Boy from Moe Thugs who has been affiliated with Bone Thugs N Harmony since the 90’s. In 2012 the World Star Hip Hop YouTube sensation Krispykrispykreme2012 Kreme was making a lot of waves with his southern comical rap videos. Once he became famous he was contacted by the popular donut chain Krispy Kreme and was told he has to quit using their name or they would sue him. The Hip Hop legend Eminem chose the spelling of his name to avoid lawsuits from the candy company Mars who make’s M&M’s.

Availability 

So when deciding upon a rap name it’s important to do your research first. See if the rap name you’re considering has an available domain name for example “www.yourrapname.com”. Also check to see if there is a twitter profile already using that name. Do this with Facebook and YouTube as well along with doing google searches for the use of the name.

Identity 

Your rap name should be something that you identify with. It should represent you as an artist and be easy for others to remember. You can also come up with AKA’s. For example Eminem is just the initials to his real name Marshall Mathers which he also uses along with Slim Shady.

Brainstorming

Break out the dictionary and search for words that describe what your about. You may possibly blend words together dictionary_pageto create a new one or use slang words. Also consider using your real name or a part of your real name if you feel it’s unique enough. Look through other rap names to draw inspiration from and don’t rush it. Ask friends to give you their opinion once you come up with a few names you like but ultimately it’s up to you to pick which one you feel fits you best.

Awareness

Once you settle on a rap name make sure you build awareness around it. Mention your name in songs, collaborate with other artists, get your music reviewed on websites, setup all of your social media accounts using it, go ahead and get your domain name even if you’re not ready to build the website yet. Keep any flyers or promotional materials that have your rap name on it as it can help you in the event of someone else trying to use your name. Also look into getting your Service Trademark. If you are not in the United States you will need to look into the procedure for obtaining one in your location.

Branding

Also look into getting a logo made for your rap name. This reinforces your brand by giving people a visual to identify eminem_logoyou by. Keep it simple while remaining unique and put it on everything! T-Shirts,album covers, all of your social media accounts, print up stickers and give them away at your shows. If you follow these steps you will be well on your way to picking a good rap name, building awareness around it and all while staying out of court!

How Did I Do?

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Comments

    • says

      Hey Mike I like that name. Maybe consider spelling it different like Didactik or Dydactik not 100% necessary just something to consider. I don’t know if I would recommend Dide as an A.K.A depends on how you pronounce it since Puff Daddy uses Diddy, maybe uses Dack or Dak or Professor Dak lol I don’t know just a few suggestions. Hope this helps :)

  1. Rob Raps says

    My name is Rob and I Rap
    My rap name is ROB RAPS as in
    Rhyming Over Beats
    Rob Always Punishes Syllables

    So in closing its who I am (real name) what i do (soundcloud coming soon) and a dope acronym that includes my name and what I do.

    Anyone else dizzy from reading this?

  2. Danny says

    I’ve been tryna search for a name that fits me like a suit yuh know rite now people call me t.h.c- the humble child but I want something more southern
    Comfort Sounding

  3. Donovan says

    Wassup Cole,

    What you think of Kamikaze. I chose this name due to the fact that when I rap with my friends and family I go crazy and diss everything and everybody. They said it’s like no one is safe when I get the mic.

    • says

      I don’t know if I would use Kamikaze with it being a common name. Go through the steps and see if there are other artists already using that name. I know Twista has used it quite a bit as a name for his style.

    • says

      Hey Donovan,

      Seeing as kamikaze refers to suicidal attacks, it would actually make more sense as a name if you were dissing yourself in the process of attacking everyone else. Also, I don’t think you want a name that is now associated with the Muslim Kamikaze Riders.

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