The name “Skepta” originated from the word Sceptre. A Sceptre is used by a magician to cast spells. He suggests he changed the spelling so it could be more easily searched on YouTube.
Used the name Dizzee D during MC carreer in late 90s, evolved later to Dizzee Rascal.
Decided on his stage name while flicking through a thesaurus at 12 years old during school. He explains:
“I didn't get very far - I only got up to 'A'. "I saw 'angry' and beneath it the word 'temper' stood out but I was aware that might sound a bit aggressive, so I stuck 'tiny' at the front. By playtime I was Tinie Tempah and that's what I've been called ever since.".
The nickname "Eskiboy" derives from the name he originally gave to grime, "Eskibeat". It also comes from his famous underground grime instrumental "Eskimo". He was then known and nicknamed as "Eskiboy".
The name Giggs originated as he was formerly known as “giggler” and thus embraced this shortened name.
“Growing up I was quite a mischievous kid and everybody called me a wretch. I liked it and it stuck and three and two are my lucky numbers.”
Easy one here… Kane Robinson.
D Double E
Darren Dixon East London
Sprung from one of d doubles bars: 'If you mess with the Newham General you’ll get left in Newham General'
Assuming the nickname Chipmunk is based on his appearance. Though he sold out when in the US signing to T.I’s label Grand Hustle by shortening his name to Chip under the labels influence.
Her stage name stands for missing in action and derives from the unfortunate disappearance of her cousin of the same age. She states: "I wanted to make a film about where he was since he was M.I.A. (Missing in Action) in Sri Lanka. We were the same age, went to the same schools growing up. I was also living in Acton at the time. So I was living in Acton looking for my cousin missing in action".
Apparently it sounded really cool and God put previous names like ‘Wicked Skengman’, ‘Stiff-chocolate’, in his head.
And finally Trim tops the UK list by responding…. “It came from road.”
In days as a youngn' he was known as "Jazzy." He later changed his rap moniker to Jay-Z to salute his mentor rapper and producer, Jaz-O, and the subway lines of his hometown of Brooklyn.
She was called Left Eye because at the beginning of her career she wore glasses with a condom in place of the left lense to promote safe sex.
Nicknamed Snoopy by his mom when he was a kid. He later added on to the Charlie Brown inspiration by adding "Doggy Dogg" when beginning his rap career through Death Row Records.
Aubrey Drake Graham ecords under the mononym Drake.
Tupac read a book written by Niccolo Macchiaveli while he was in prison, An italian who wrote about faking his own death. Tupac liked how Macchiaveli tricked the people and lead a secret life after faking his death and since then tupac took on his name for reasons that bring up a lot of discussions/heat/theories.
The name Biggie Smalls came from a 1975 movie called “Let’s Do It Again.” In the movie, there were a group of gangsters lead by Biggie Smalls (Calvin Lockhart) who was hustling a boxer into thinking he was winning prize fights when he really wasn’t. When Christopher Wallace chose Biggie Smalls as a rap name, he was sued by Lockhart and forced to change the name to Notorious B.I.G.