Rappers have gone "canine" naming themselves (Photo by istolethetv/Flickr)
Rappers have tough task when they're starting out. Find the best "rapper name!" Many have gone "canine." Before counting down the "Top Five Rappers With Dog Names," let me tell you who didn't make the list.
MC Breed fell short, mainly because I wasn't sure if "breed" was being used as a noun or a verb.
Finally, there's Randy Jackson. And while he's not a rapper, and his name is "Randy" not "Rover," his frequent use of the word "dawg" on American Idol is worthy of an honorable mention. Now, on with the countdown.
#5 - Bow Wow
He started at age 13 as "Lil' Bow Wow." He probably dropped the "Lil'" when he remembered he'd resented being called "little" since he was eight like the rest of us!
#4 - Nate Dogg
Recently passed away, Nate Dogg was an early protégé of Snoop Dogg's. Nate was a rapper who could actually sing, as evidenced by his assist on this Warren G track.
#3 - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
The word "bone" gets 'em on this list?! Yep. The options were getting a little thin. But now that they're on, gotta rank 'em pretty high!
#2 - Pitbull
When any of today's recording stars leave the studio, by the time they get to the car, Pitbull's pretty much rapped on the remix on the track they just finished!
#1 - Snoop Dogg
"Snoop Doggy Dogg" is simply the king of all canine rappers. From his days as a pup, nobody's brought more dog puns to music: Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, Doggumentary.