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Tupac Month: Rappers Speak on the Nicknames Tupac Gave Them

Kurupt aka Young Gotti
He said, “I’m gonna be Makaveli. E.D. is gonna be E.D.I. Mean. Mutah is gonna be Napoleon, Yaki’s gonna be Yaki Khadafi, Fatal’s gonna be Fatal Hussein. You know what, K is gonna be K-Kastro. Kurupt, I don’t even know your name.” It was just me and the Outlawz and ‘Pac. And then he was like, “Kurupt, I know who you wanna be, couz. You gon’ be Gotti, Kurupt Young Gotti. I said, “Fuck it. I’ma be Kurupt Young Gotti. That’s who I’ma be. When I went back to Snoop’s house. I was like, “Yo, ‘Pac said we gon have the aliases. We gon do our regular shit, but we gon have our aliases and make an alias album. Like me, I’m Young Gotti. Daz said, “I’m Dillinger.” Snoop said, “shit, if that’s y’all I’m Corleone ‘cause I’m a boss.” That’s how we came up with our aliases. I changed my name from Kurupt the Kingpin to Kurupt Young Gotti because ‘Pac gave me that name Young Gotti. He passed away and I’ll never change it.


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