Rick Ross, Nas and other hip-hop artists named after Mafia figures

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Ever wonder where some of these hip-hop stars get their names? Without marketing these Mafia figures, it’s possible these stars wouldn’t have the fan base they have now. On his latest release, Jay-Z name checks a notorious Washington, D.C. hitman, Wayne Perry, on his “Tom Ford” single (Magna Carta Holy Grail); but other artists actually adopt the gangsters’ monikers for their stage names.

Take a look at these 10 hip-hop stars and the Mafia figures for whom they are named.


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