Rap name generators are very popular.
While I understand why they’d be popular for people looking for funny names to share with friends and on social media, it makes little sense why someone who wants to become a successful rapper would use one.
If you’ve ever had a hard time choosing a rap name you’ve probably stumbled onto an online rap name generator. These generators are designed to give you a random rap name. They usually work by choosing a random first & last name.
For example, the first name is usually a prefix like “Young” or “Lil” and the last name is usually the root name like “Rob” or “Bandman”.
These generators might seem like an easy way to get a rap name together but they come with a few problems:
1. They’re Unoriginal
These rap names are available to anyone with an internet connection. It’s very likely that a lot of names you find on a rap name generator is already in use. However, if you’re set on using a name generated from these “band name generators” – make sure to do your research first.
I’d recommend (at a minimum) doing the following:
- Check if the rap name is trademarked
- Do a google search of the rap name. Make sure there’s nothing popular or crazy showing up. The last thing you want to do is pick a name like ‘Killer Craig’ and start using it, only to find out your potential fans won’t be able to find you because the serial killer is all that shows up on Google.
- Search the rap name on social media and see if the usernames are available.
2. They Have No Meaning
By choosing a rap name from an automated generator, you’ll deprive yourself of one of the most important assets of your career – your story.
How will you answer the question “How did you get your name”?
A great way to lose authenticity is to mention how your career is built off of a rap name generator.
Now, I’m not saying choosing a rap name from a rap name generator will kill your career once you ‘make it’. I’m saying that it’s going to be hard to ‘make it’ with a rap name from a rap name generator unless you:
- Have a good story behind it
- Have good music and already have built a fanbase. When you have those 2 things, you can get away with a lot.
What To Do
In my opinion, the best thing to do is avoid rap name generators completely if you’re serious about becoming a successful rapper. Because, people will ask you how you got your rap name, and if you don’t have a good explanation, your journey is going to be harder than it needs to be.
However, if you must use them, don’t use one of the names they give you. Instead of using a rap name generator to find an exact name for yourself – use it to help give you ideas. Look at the random rap names that they give you and modify them to fit your story.
This will put you in a much better position down the road when shaping yourself as an artist