We don't have enough time to count how many words exist in the English language, but let's just say there are a lot. On top of all that, poetic license offers us the ability to invent words and make up new names. Somehow, somewhere, names repeat themselves or add variations that leave people confused. Here's a go-to guide of some frequently (and soon to be frequently) confused names of artists. This way you'll never buy the wrong album (you know, if you still do that sort of thing).
1. Notorious B.I.G. / Biggie Smalls vs. Biggy Smallz
At this point, there is no other Biggie Smalls that has ever existed. The late rapper Notorious B.I.G. knocked everyone off the "Biggie Smalls" pedestal with his colossal legacy. However, the whole reason why Biggie had to leave Biggie at the door and move forward with Notorious B.I.G. is because of some copyright infringement threats. B.I.G. adopted the Biggie Smalls name after a character in the film "Let's Do It Again." He was forced to change it after some other rapper from Cali named Biggy Smallz claimed he came first. Wonder what that guy's doing now.
2. Future vs. Future the Artist
If you don't know the hook to YC & Future's "Racks" by now, then you don't deserve to listen to music. While YC (aka Yung Chris, but not that other Young Chris--yet another rapper conundrum) was barely audible on his own song, everyone knows Future's part. That's for damn sure. Future has since eclipsed his role as YC's sidekick. But guess what, there's another Future. He raps and goes by Future the Artist, known for his hi-top fade, like Kid from Kid 'N Play: fades on fades on fades.
3. A$AP Rocky vs. Aesop Rock
We're helping you out early with this one. A$AP Rocky is the new jack rumored to have signed with Polo Grounds/RCA for $3 million. His style eerily resembles a lost member of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony in sound, and his mixtape "Live.Love.A$AP" is making waves. Don't let the dollar sign in his name blind you though. There's another well-respected rapper by the name of Aesop Rock who has been around for a long while. He was aligned with Def Jux and currently is on the Hail Mary Mallon project. He uses a lot of SAT words in his rhymes. A$AP, not so much.
4. Sean Paul vs. Sean P
Remember Sean Paul? The Pop-Dancehall Reggae sensation who sported a Mohawk? Well, after dominating the beginning of the new millennium with a whole slew of tracks (and possibly losing his crown to Pitbull), Sean Paul is rumored to be making a comeback. However, Sean P of The YoungBloodZ is not. Sean P popped on several tracks throughout his tenure in rap. He used to be called Sean Paul too, but once the "real" Sean Paul found out, he threatened to "Deport Dem." Just kidding, but Sean P changed his name with the quickness.
5. Young Chris vs. YC
As previously mentioned, YC, aka Yung Chris, invented the "Racks" that made Future famous. Young Chris, on the other hand, was in the Young Gunz, formerly signed to Roc-A-Fella. The Grammy-nominated artist recently made a comeback (finally) when he dropped his "Re-Introduction" mixtape last year. Now Young Chris has a new mixtape called "The Revival" with producer Cardiak. As for YC, well...he's hanging out on tracks with Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy and other rap faves, so he's doing pretty well for himself making racks on racks on racks.
6. Santigold vs. Santo Gold
Santi White aka Santigold used to be called Santogold back when she released her self-titled debut back in 2008. Then producer Santo Gold (aka Santo Victor Rigatuso) came and reminded her that he produced a Sci-Fi film called "Blood Circus" in 1985. Santogold became Santigold, and now she's the electro-vixen signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation. Her tentatively titled American Dreaming should be coming in 2011 or early 2012. As long as it makes no reference to a "Blood Circus," she's in good hands.