Your name is one of the most important things you will ever have in your life. Potential allies, enemies, employers, and loves interests glean from it a glimpse into your upbringing, culture, and status in society. A name passed down from an influential and wealthy grandfather can open doors without you ever having to lift a finger to turn the knob, while a quote unquote “ethnic” name that originates from a culture of lower standing in the hierarchy of the class, or caste system of society, can close those doors just as quickly.
In the world of Hip-Hop, we choose our names carefully, piecing them together from names we acquired from our neighborhoods, attributes that we embody or aspire to become, and role models, whether fictional or nonfictional, that have some quality that appeals to us.
Throughout the conversations that we’ve had with various artists in the Hip-Hop world, we’ve gotten to hear the fascinating origin stories of their names. On this episode, we take a look back though our conversations with Stone Mecca, Shawn Setaro, Born King, Joker The Bailbondsman, Cole James Cash, and Gemstones about how they got their names, but before that we have a clip of Channel 10 Podcast co host Singodsuperior explaining his name, a name which I’m sure many of you have probably wondered about.
Are someone with an interesting store of how your name came to be? Call us and leave a message with your story at (443) 885-0997 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we may air your story on a future episode of the show.
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