1. Raphael Saadiq was born Charlie Ray Wiggins

2. Flo Rida was born Tramar Dillard

3. Macy Gray was born Natalie McIntyre

4. Wiz Khalifa was born Cameron Jibril Thomaz

5. His lady, Amber Rose was born Amber Levonchuck

6. Cee Lo Green was born Thomas Callaway

7. Fabolous was born John Jackson

8. Alicia Keys was born Alicia Augello Cook

9. Meek Mill was born Robert Rahmeek Williams

10. Akon was born Aliuane Badara Thiam

11. Chaka Khan was born Carole Yvette Marie Stevens

12. Erykah Badu was born Erica Abi Wright

13. Pitbull was born Armand Christian Perez

14. Ne-Yo was born Shaffer Smith

15. John Legend was born John Stephens

16. Jamie Foxx was born Eric Marlon Bishop

17. Da Brat was born Shawntae Harris

18. Ginuwine was born Elgin Lumpkin

19. Bruno Mars was born Peter Gene Hernandez

20. will.i.am was born William Adams and apl.de.ap was born Allan Pineda Lindo, Jr.

21. T-Pain was born Faheem Rashad Najm

22. Nicki Minaj’s real name is Onika Tanya Maraj

23. SZA’s name is Solána Imani Rowe

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I️ remember pretending to be vegan cause that’s all I️ could afford lol (chips avocado n salad mix ) I️ remember sleeping on everyone’s couch cause I missed the train AGAIN (thank yall for having me lol ) . Sold my beloved 500$ grillz for 50 bucks at the gold shop for train fair( I️ was SICK 😩 lol ). I️ BEGGED Punch for writers on this project cus I️ thought no one would ever like me the way I️ was . He said “U don’t need em”. I️ remember crying cus I️ didn’t have any hits or a quantifiable “sound”.. I️ remember feeling like damn maybe I suck . maybe I️ should try something else ? Maybe I’m jus wasting space ..Life’s weird . I️ Didn’t have any friends growing up. never gave my parents an opportunity to say “wow my kids killing it” didn’t graduate or do any fly shit before my nana died . been fired from every job I️ ever had ..I remember sobbing on the phone w punch pleading for the album not to come out cause I️ couldn’t take the embarrassment . Just wanted another week . Another day ?..he ignored me n said I’d be fine...This entire thing puts my wildest dreams to shame. I️ dunno what to say cause I️ dunno how to accept its even happening to me lol ? I’ve never won anything in my life even until this week (THANK YOU SOULTRAIN AWARDS!!) it all just feels strange somehow BUT IM SO OVERWHELMINGLY GRATEFUL FOR THIS STRANGENESS!! . I’m so in awe of Gods plan.. I just wanna live up to it. Thank you for listening to me.. thank you for understanding me.. thank u for bonding w my thoughts just the way they were. INFINITE GRATITUDE to the Recording Academy for this INCREDIBLE honor. I️ can’t even believe I’ve been considered. God bless every person who worked on this album or gave it an ear (specially the producers of the century @somethingnebula @iam_c_lang @thankgod4cody 💜) . Thank you Top and Punch for believing in me no matter what (even when I’m on your LAST nerves😊) . Thank u RCA for giving me new wings🙏🏾 THANK YOU GOD FOR THIS LIFE I️ DONT UNDERSTAND . #Ctrl.. a concept . #mygrannynominatedfor5grammys #TDE

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24. Tank’s real name is Durrell Babbs

25. Snoop Dogg’s real name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.