Since hip-hop’s inception rappers have been known to have multi-faceted characters, sort of like comic-book heroes. And like these heroes, often aliases are used to express different sides of the artist or to explore new concepts. It’s why on any given day, Jay Z can be heard going by Hov, Jigga, S. Dot, to name a few. As this list indicates, it’s one way rap artists have created such rich allure. These are the best and brightest of rap’s nicknames.