The artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg made a big announcement yesterday during his press conference at Miss Lily’s in NYC. For the time being, the West Coast rapper has changed his name to Snoop Lion and is fully embracing the new reggae persona seen in his latest song produced by Diplo.

While Snoop Lion is currently undergoing an artistic transformation, plenty of other MCs have opted for a name change at some point in their career. From rappers who've publicized their amateur monikers to those who made the decision well after achieving fame, here are 40 hip-hop artists who made the switch.

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