Have you noticed that most of your favorite rappers have an enticing rap name? Most of today’s rappers don’t actually name themselves their real name. For example, Post Malone’s real name is Austin Richard Post, Drake’s real name is Aubrey Drake Graham, and Eminem’s real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III. While some rap artists have decided to go with a middle name or a nickname, in this post we’ll help you decide on a rapper name and what to do once you have come up with your dream moniker.
Coming Up With Rapper Names
In a previous post, we discussed 5 different rap name generator websites. While rap name generators are a great way to get some quick inspiration, many times, rappers will find the names to be cheesy and a waste of time altogether.
Another way to choose the perfect rap name is to look at domain generator websites. While rap name generators may be limited to certain names, domain name generators let you select different words you desire and allow you to combine it with different letters, adjectives, a number of different options.
Another way to come up with a rapper name is to look for inspiration everywhere. Whether you are watching one of your favorite shows and really like the name of one of the characters, or even if you want to look at the billboards on your way to your day job. Inspiration is everywhere.
How To Check To See If Your Dream Rap Name Is Trademarked
One of the most important things to keep in mind when you are choosing a rapper name is to make sure that your name is not already trademarked. So while you may want to name yourself a Disney movie, there’s a high chance that this name is already trademarked which could open you up for a lawsuit down the line. One of our favorite websites is JUSTIA’s Trademark website. Visit this website and see if the rap name you are wanting to choose is already trademarked and unavailable to use. Please note that it is best to consult with an entertainment lawyer before you make the decision on any rap name to ensure the name isn’t trademarked in other countries around the world.
How To Trademark Your Rap Name
One of the best recommendations we can give you as an artist is to not jump into trademarking and spending a lot of money upfront unless you need to. We typically recommend to hold off trademarking your name until you have began to make some money from music-related tasks.
Once you are ready to trademark your rapper name, we highly recommend consulting with an entertainment lawyer to help you get your rap name under lock.
Important Factors of Choosing a Rapper Name:
- Look for inspiration around you, on television, and in movies
- Use alliteration to make it catchy
- Easy to pronounce
- Easy to spell
- Easy to type
- Check to make sure it’s not trademarked
- Check to see if the social media handles are available
- Make sure it’s something you feel comfortable saying
- Ask the people around you for advice
- Don’t just pick a random word