15 Famous Rappers With Lil In Their Name

In clockwise direction from top left : Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Debbie, Lil Yachty, Lil Wayne, and Lil Debbie are some of the rappers who goes with Lil on their stage name.
In clockwise direction from top left : Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Debbie, Lil Yachty, Lil Wayne, and Lil Debbie are some of the rappers who goes with Lil on their stage name.( Source : worldwidetune )

Famous rappers with Lil in their name include Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Wayne, Lil Baby, Lil Debbie, Lil Yachty, and many more. 

Adding the prefix 'Lil' to the stage name of the artist is the staple thing, especially in the rapping industry.

The common prefix made its way to the industry in early 1988.

It has spread in the hip-hop culture and beyond and has become one of the sustained trends. The first rapper to have Lil in his name is Lil Rodney Cee. Ever since the trend has only grown over the years.

Correspondingly, with the growing and evolving agile music industry and rapping scene various other prefixes have also emerged in the meantime including 'baby.'

Here in the article, we've listed some of the famous rappers who use the sustained prefix 'Lil' in their stage names. 


1. Lil Uzi Vert

Lil Uzi Vert during his attendance at 2022 BET Awards in June 2022 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Lil Uzi Vert during his attendance at 2022 BET Awards in June 2022 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.( Source : cnn )

Rapper name: Lil Uzi Vert

Real name: Symere Bysil Woods

Age: 27 years 

From: Francisville, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Best Track: XO Tour Llif3

The non-binary rapper was born in North Philadelphia's Francisville neighborhood. They cited their idols as Mike Jones and Ying Yang Twins whom they listened to while growing up.

Wiz Khalifa and Meek Mill were the artists who influenced their style. Likewise, while growing up they listened to various artists including Paramore, Smash Mouth, Marilyn Manson, The Rocket Summer, and more.

The rapper started rapping when they were in grade ten. They created a rap group with two friends Steaktown and Aston. They drew attention after the release of their debut single titled Money Longer in 2016.

Symere dropped out of school and started working at Bottom Dollar store to make ends meet. Nonetheless, they quit the job after just four days and their mother also kicked them out of the house.

In the wake of the situation, the rapper inked their first tattoo 'Faith' under their hairline. The tattoo provoked Woods to take their rapping career seriously.

Woods have released two studio albums, fifteen music videos, three extended plays, four mixtapes, and fifty-four singles as of February 2023. Their debut studio album, Luv Is Rage 2, is RIAA 2x platinum certified.

2. Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne during his annual Lil WeezyAna Fest in 2018.
Lil Wayne during his annual Lil WeezyAna Fest in 2018.( Source : instagram )

Rapper name: Lil Wayne

Real name: Dwayne Micheael Carter Jr.

Age: 40 years old

From: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Best Track: A Milli

Lil Wayne spent the first few years of his life in the impoverished Hollygrove neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana's 17th Ward.

He was born to a 19-year-old mother. Later, Wayne's parents went separate ways when he was just two. His father completely abandoned the entire family.

The rapper dropped the D from Dwayne for he never had his biological father around him while growing up. Wayne's estranged father also knows this truth.

Wayne penned his first rap song when he was just eight. He met Bryan 'Baby' Williams, rapper and co-founder of Cash Money Records in the summer of 1991.

Bryan mentored and encouraged the rapper. Wayne has released fourteen studio albums, three compilation albums, five extended plays, and twenty-nine mixtapes to date.

3. Lil Baby

Lily Baby in Wales Bonner's green fusion zip up and trouser.
Lily Baby in Wales Bonner's green fusion zip up and trouser.( Source : instagram )

Rapper name: Lil Baby

Real name: Dominique Armani Jones

Age: 28 years old

From: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Best Track: Drip Too Hard

Born and raised in Oakland City, Lil Baby was just two when his father abandoned the family. The rapper then didn't complete his academics and dropped out of Brooker T. Washington High School in grade nine.

After the dropout, the rapper committed himself to sell substances. Later, Jones was charged with possession with intel to sell drugs in early 2012.

Jones released his debut studio album Harder Than Ever with his growing notability. It peaked at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart and gained Platinum certification from RIAA.

The rapper dropped his third and latest studio album titled It's Only Me on October 14, 2022, via Quality Control Music, Wolfpack, Motown, and 4 Pockets Full. 

He released the lead single of the album titled 'In a Minute' on April 8, 2022, before the release of the entire album. Later, the album peaked atop the US Billboard 200 in October 2022, amassing 216,000 album-equivalent units.

Likewise, the rapper has collaborated with various decorated artists in the music industry including Gunna and Lil Durk. He worked in The Voice of the Heroes, a collaborative studio album, with rapper Lil Durk.

4. Lil Debbie

Lil Debbie clad in dollar printed swinsuit.
Lil Debbie clad in dollar printed swinsuit.( Source : instagram )

Rapper name: Lil Debbie

Real name: Jordan Mary Capozzi

Age: 33 years

From: Albany, California, United States

Best Track: F That and Work the Middle

Jordan Mary Capozzi aka Lil Debbie is a rapper. She is also widely appraised as a model and fashion designer.

She launched her rapping career as a part of the now non-functioning group, The White Girl Mob, in 2011 alongside rappers V-Nasty and Kreayshawn.

Jordan dropped her debut self-titled studio album, Debbie, in 2016. She went on to release the following albums, OG In My System and In My Own Lane in 2017 and 2018 respectively. 

Correspondingly, Lil Debbie released her debut extended play (EP) titled Queen D on October 22, 2013, via Give N Go Sounds and Dumbluck. 

Furthermore, anyone of us can listen to her on Spotify which has over 50K monthly listeners. Likewise, she is also approachable across various platforms including Apple Music, YouTube, Twitter, and more.

5. Lil Yachty

Rapper Yachty rocking his bantu knots hairstyle
Rapper Yachty rocking his bantu knots hairstyle( Source : instagram )

Rapper name: Lil Yachty

Real name: Miles Parks McCollum

Age: 25 years

From: Mableton, Georgia, United States

Best Track: One Night

Lil Yachty is a rapper, songwriter, singer, and record producer. Initially, he drew attention from his 2015 singles titled Minnesota and One Night.

Born on August 23, 1997, Yachty attended Alabama State University; however, dropped out soon to pursue his musical career. That's when he adopted Yachty as his stage name when he moved from Atlanta to New York City.

McCollum has released five studio albums, eight music videos, ten extended plays, thirty-one singles, and three mixtapes until February 2023.

His debut studio album, Teenage Emotions, was released on May 26, 2017, via Quality Control, Capitol, and Motown labels. In less than a year, Yachty dropped his second album, Lil Boat 2 on March 9, 2018.

Lil Baby drooped the singles Right On and In A Minute in April 2022 which reached number 13 and 14 respectively in the charts on the Billboard Hot 100.

The 25-year-old rapper is a father to his son from a relationship with his former girlfriend Ayesha. Lil Yachty also dated entrepreneur and model Jayda Cheaves previously. 

Cheaves made an appearance in the music video of the rapper's song 'Close Friends.' The couple welcomed their son on February 18, 2019.

6. Lil Skies

Lil Skies clad in an orange shirt accessorized with shades.
Lil Skies clad in an orange shirt accessorized with shades.( Source : facebook )

Rapper name: Lil Skies

Real name: Kimetrius Christopher Foose,

Age: 24 years 

From: Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, United States

Best Track: Nowadays

Lil Skies is a rapper born on August 4, 1998, in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, United States. He possesses the three highest charting tracks on the Billboard Hot 100.

His passion for music was instilled by his father, Michael Burton Jr, who is also involved in the music industry. Michael is a hip-hop artist previously recognized as Dark Skies and presently as BurntMan.

The rapper moved to Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, when he was in third grade. In the pursuit of a career in the industry, Foose claims to sell marijuana and do 'little jobs' to pay for music videos and studio time previously.

He launched his career with the launch of his first project working in collaboration with his father. The rapper has released two studio albums, Shelby and Unbothered as of February 2023.

Foose dropped his debut studio album, Shelby, on February 28, 2018, via Atlantic Records and All We Got Entertainment. It was dedicated to his mother who appears on the album cover and title.

His second studio album, Unbothered, released on January 22, 2021, features guest appearances from artists like Lil Durk and Wiz Khalifa. It was released via Atlantic Records and All We  Got Entertainment.

7. Lil Pump

Rapper Lil Pump showing off his diamond teeth and chains whilst clad in a pink furry jacket.
Rapper Lil Pump showing off his diamond teeth and chains whilst clad in a pink furry jacket.( Source : billboard )

Rapper name: Lil Pump

Real name: Gazzy Garcia

Age: 22 years old

From: Miami, Florida, United States

Best Track: Gucci Gang

Lil Pump is one of the most notable artists in the SoundCloud rap scene. He is well-recognized for his minimalist music.

He hit the limelight in 2017 with his famous single titled Gucci Gang, which reached number 3 on the chart of the US Billboard Hot 100. Likewise, RIAA also certified the single 5x platinum.

Born on August 17, 2000, Garcia's parents are from Colombia. They divorced when he was a six-year-old boy. He was thirteen when Pump's cousin, Lil Ominous, introduced him to Omar Pineiro aka Smokepurpp, a notable rapper.

Garcia launched his career after his meeting with Smokepurpp. The rapper started getting significant attention after the release of his singles Boss and D Rose which stockpiled a combined 70 million streams on SoundCloud.

As of February, the rapper has released three studio albums, Lil Pump, Harverd Dropout, and No Name. 

8. Lil Twist

Lil Twist in a Quavo Bandan print Coach Jacket for a photoshoot
Lil Twist in a Quavo Bandan print Coach Jacket for a photoshoot( Source : instagram )

Rapper name: Lil Twist

Real name: Christopher Lynn Moore

Age: 30 years 

From: Dallas, Texas, United States

Best Track: Love Affair

Lil Twist is an American rapper hailing from Dallas, Texas. He is widely appraised for songs like Love Affair, Little secret, Green Goblin, Street Kontrol, and more.

The 30-year-old is an artist under established rapper Lil Wayne's record label named Young Money Entertainment. Lil Twist must be happy that he signed under the label for he cites Lil Wayne as his inspiration.

Moore attended Lil Wayne's concert in Tyler, Texas, when he was just twelve. The rapper launched his career as a 10-year-old with his debut single titled The Texas Twist which reached the pinnacle of #1 locally in Dallas for straight six weeks.

Eventually, he dropped mixtapes like The Golden Child and a single titled Love Affair to pique the interest and increase the anticipation among his growing fans. However, Moore never dropped an album titled Bad Decisions. 

He has landed collaborations with various renowned artists in the industry until this day. Likewise, Moore has been featured in magazines including XXL hip hop magazine's Freshman Class 2011.

Since his feature in XXL, the rapper has been featured as a guest artist on recordings by Bieber in Wind It, Twerk, and more. Similarly in Do What I Want with singer Miley Cyrus.

Talking about Lil Twist's discography, the rapper has released two albums, We Are Young Money and Young Money: Rise of an Empire, and six mixtapes as of February 2023.

He addresses himself as 'The Golden Child' via his Instagram bio. The rapper is religiously active across various social platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and more.

Lil Twist is also approachable on streaming platforms like Spotify with over 33K monthly listeners, and YouTube with over 115K subscribers at the moment.

9. Lil Boosie

Lil Boosie during his attendance at Milwaukee Bucks vs Atlanta Hawks game on December 27, 2019 at State Farm Arena.
Lil Boosie during his attendance at Milwaukee Bucks vs Atlanta Hawks game on December 27, 2019 at State Farm Arena.( Source : complex )

Rapper name: Lil Boosie

Real name: Torence Ivy Hatch

Age: 40 years old

From: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Best Track: Set It Off and Thug Life

Lil Boosie aka Boosie BadAzz is a veteran rapper who started rapping in the 1990s. He divulged into rapping as a member of Concentration Camp, a hip-hop collective. 

Eventually, he debuted as a solo artist in 2000 with the release of his debut album titled Youngest of da Camp. He went on to sign with the Pimp C's label Trill Entertainment and released his second album, For My Thugz, in 2002.

It was his cousin Young Dee who introduced the rapper to Baton Rouge rapper C-Loc in the late 1990s. Cousin Young Dee and C-Loc were the mentors of Lil Boosie who joined the group Concentration Camp in 1998 as the youngest member.

Hatch's growing music career was obstructed after he was sentenced to prison for four years on gun and drug charges. Likewise, the rapper was also accused of first-degree murder charges in 2010.

For the indication of the charges, Lil Boosie was sentenced to 10 years on charges of possessing drugs with the intent of distribution. It was in March 2014 when the rapper was released after serving 5 years in prison.

Speaking of his personal life, Hatch is the father of eight children with six women. However, he has never been married to anyone of his previous partners to this day.

Lil Boosie unveiled being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child after the release of his third studio album, Bad Azz. He was also diagnosed with Kidney Cancer in November 2015 when he was 33.

In 2020, the rapper was shot in the leg. According to the rumors, he may have to get the leg amputated; however, he unveiled that he was healing at home with no amputations.

10. Lil Kim

Lil Kim attended Bottega Veneta Detroit Fashion Show in purple feather mini dress and green sandals in 2021.
Lil Kim attended Bottega Veneta Detroit Fashion Show in purple feather mini dress and green sandals in 2021.( Source : instagram )

Rapper name: Lil Kim 

Real name: Kimberly Denise Jones

Age: 48 years

From: Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.

Best Track: The Jump Off

Lil Kim born Kimberly Denise Jones is a rapper. She is also broadly recognized as a reality television personality.

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York City, Kimberly didn't have a sound adolescent life. She was obliged to spend her life on the streets after getting expelled from home. She started rapping freestyle raps in her teens.

Eventually, fellow rapper, The Notorious B.I.G. discovered Kimberly and invited her to join his group Junior M.A.F.I.A. As a group, they released their debut album, Conspiracy, which was certified gold by RIAA and gained two top 20 singles in the US.

Her debut album titled Hard Core as a solo artist attained significant success. It was double platinum-certified and recorded sales of over six million copies across the globe.

The album made history as the highest debut for a female rap album during that time in the United States. Correspondingly, her following albums achieved success and were certified platinum.

Artists like Salt-N-Pepa, MC Lyte, and Roxanne Shanté are some of the rap influences of Kimberly. Likewise, she cited her other influences as Eric B. & Rakim, Queen Latifah, The Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige, and more.

Besides the music industry, the rapper also procures a sizable fortune from other sources including brand endorsement and more. She became the face of Three Olives Vodka's Purple vodka in August 2010. 

She has also launched her career as an entrepreneur. Lil Kim debuted her first clothing line Hollyhood. Likewise, she initiated her second clothing line 24/7 Goddess Collection in September 2010 at Charlotte NC Fashion Week.

In 2012, she revealed her own cocktail brand, Queen Bee. The rapper also announced herself as the First Lady of the brand.

Kimberly boasts over 4 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Lady Marmalade has a gigantic stream record of over 338 million on the streaming platform.

11. Lil Xan

Lil Xan wearing his debut album Total Xanarchy's beanie and blue hoodie.
Lil Xan wearing his debut album Total Xanarchy's beanie and blue hoodie. ( Source : instagram )

Rapper name: Lil Xan

Real name: Nicholas Diego Leanos

Age: 26 years old

From: Redlands, California, United States

Best Track: Betrayed

Lil Xan is the rapper best recognized for his song 'Betrayed' which reached number 64 on the Billboard Hot 100 and RIAA platinum-certified.

The rapper's stage rose to the limelight through platforms such as YouTube and SoundCloud. His notability incremented after the release of the MV for his notable song 'Betrayed in 2017 which reached number 64 on the chart of Billboard hot 100. 

Xan then announced his debut album titled Total Xanarchy in an interview with XXL which comprised collaborations with artists like Diplo and Swae Lee.

His debut studio album features acclaimed artists from Charli XCX, Rae Stremmurd, YG, 2 Chain, Diplo, Rich the Kids, Yo Gotti, and Steven Cannon, which was released on April 6, 2018, via Columbia Records.

The rapper has landed collaborations with various coveted artists in the industry including Don't Trap on Me by Ben Great, Lifeless by Chem, and more.

Lil Xan has cited his inspirations as Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D. Correspondingly, his inspirations also include Cage the Elephant, Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, and more.

The 26-year-old has over 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify. His hit song Betrayed has over 561 million streams on the streaming platform as of February 2023.

12. Lil Jon

Rapper Lil Jon in his signature look with a pink hoodie and cuban link chain.
Rapper Lil Jon in his signature look with a pink hoodie and cuban link chain.( Source : facebook )

Rapper name: Lil Jon

Real name: Jonathan Howard Smith

Age: 52 years old

From: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Best Track: Get Low

Jonathan Howard Smith aka Lil Jon is known as the former frontman of the rap group named Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz.

He is a multitalented individual who serves as a rapper as well as a producer. Jonathan was born on January 17, 1971, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The rapper was welcomed as the eldest of five children to parents having a military background. His father was an aerospace engineer and also served in military service. Likewise, his mother was involved in the medical department within the military.

Born and raised in a middle-class neighborhood, Jonathan, was a high achiever since his early years. He was a very independent person and a passionate reader, Jonathan's mother unveiled the fact.

The rapper taught himself to Disk Jockey at 15. Although his parents were strict but gave him a chance to work on his DJ skills by allowing him to have parties in the basement of their family home.

He honed his skills over the years and continued to work as a DJ even after his graduation from high school. Midst the process, he crossed paths with Atlanta music producer, Jermaine Dupri. 

Dupri hired Lil Jon as an A&R for his label So So Def. Later, he was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President. Later, he recruited local rappers and producers like DJ Smurf, Raheen the Dream, and more after the promotion.

Besides his triumphant career in the music industry, he launched himself as an actor in 2003. Lil Jon made his acting debut as the voice actor for the American remake of the South Korean film titled Volcano High.

Jonathan is a married man and a proud father of a son Nathan whom he shares with Nicole, his wife and the mother of his son. The rapper's son also followed in his footstep by starting DJing at 11.

Speaking of Lil Jon's discography, the American personality has released seven albums and fifteen singles as of February 2023. He also boasts several credits for serving as a producer.

His collaboration with DJ snake for Turn Down For What has over 489 million streams on Spotify. Lil Jon is approachable on the mainstream streaming platform Spotify with over 6 million monthly listeners.

13. Lil Bibby

Lil Bibby striking a pose clad in an orange basic T-shirt and jeans with multi-layered thick chains as accessories.
Lil Bibby striking a pose clad in an orange basic T-shirt and jeans with multi-layered thick chains as accessories.( Source : instagram )

Rapper name: Lil Binny

Real name: Brandon George Dickinson

Age: 28 years old

From: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Best Track: You Ain't Gang.

Lil Binny born Brandon George Dickinson is a rapper who hails from Chicago, Illinois. Besides rapping, he also functions as a record executive.

He initiated his music career twelve years ago in 2011. 
Two years later Lil Bibby released his debut mixtape titled Free Crack on November 29, 2013. It featured artists including King L, Lil Herb, and more.

Three singles, How We Move, Stressin, and Tired of Talkin supported the mixtape. The first two were released in 2013 whereas the latter was dropped in 2014.

He went on to sign a contract with Kemosabe Records and followed his music projects with the release of Free Crack 2 and Free Crack 3 in 2014 and 2015 respectively. 

Eventually, Brandon launched his own record label named Grade A Productions in 2017. He signed fellow Chicago rapper Juice Wrld and Australian singer and rapper Kid Laroi to his label.

Lately, artist Zzz. signed the contract with his label in a joint deal with Warner Records in 2022. Juice WRLD has released four albums and The Kid LAROI has released 2 albums under his label to date.

The 28-year-old rapper is within easy approach across various social platforms including Instagram, Twitter, and more. His song, You Ain't Gang has over 13 million streams on his Spotify which has over 90K monthly listeners.

14. Lil Scrappy

Rapper Lil Scrappy in a Committee EN-printed bucket hat and tracksuit.
Rapper Lil Scrappy in a Committee EN-printed bucket hat and tracksuit.( Source : facebook )

Rapper name: Lil Scrappy

Real name: Darryl Raynard Richardson III

Age: 39 years old

Best Track: No Problem and Money in the Bank

Darryl Raynard Richardson III aka Lil Scrappy is a rapper who was discovered by rapper and producer Lil Jon. He marks as one of the first signings to BME Recordings, Lil Jon's label.

Through various mixtape releases, the rapper earned a sizable following and notability throughout the Atlanta hip-hop scene and throughout the Southeastern U.S.

He has released five studio albums as of February 2023. The rapper dropped his debut album 'Bred 2 Die, Bred 2 Live' on December 5, 2006, via G-Unit, Asylum, Reprise, BME, and Warner Bros.

Correspondingly, Lil Scrappy has also put out various collaborative albums including Trillville & Lil Scrappy with Trillville on February 24, 2004, under Reprise, Warner Bros, and BME labels.

Speaking of the rapper's personal life, he is a married man. Lil Scrappy exchanged vows with his wife Adi Bambi Benson in 2019. 

Darryl possesses over 508K monthly listeners on Spotify. A song, No Problem, from The King of Crunk & BME Recordings Present: Trillville & Lil Scrappy has over 25 million streams on the platform.

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15. Lil B

Rapper Lil B started rapping when he was 15 with hip-hop group The Pack.
Rapper Lil B started rapping when he was 15 with hip-hop group The Pack.( Source : berkeleyside )

Rapper name: Lil B

Real name: Brandon Christopher McCartney

Age: 33 years old

From: Berkeley, California, United States

Best Track: I Own Swag and Like a Martian

Lil B born Brandon Christopher McCartney is a rapper. He started rapping when he was 15 years old with the hip-hop group The Pack.

Born and reared up in Berkeley, California, Lil B was into rapping since his early years. He kicked off his career with the release of his debut digital album titled I'm Thraxx on September 24, 2009.

Shortly a few months later in December 2009, the rapper dropped his second digital album, 6 Kiss. He didn't stop there and went on to release his debut mixtape titled Dior Paint on March 25, 2010.

Brandon has dropped seven studio albums, one extended play, and sixty-five mixtapes until February 2023. The rapper dropped his latest album, I'm Gay (I'm Happy) on June 29, 2011.

The rapper boasts nearly 1 million monthly listeners on Spotify. His song 'I'm God' has over 5 million streams on the streaming platform.

Some FAQs

How many rappers have lil in their name?

There are more than 8000 rappers who have lil in their name. The data is calulated on the basis of spotify: It has some eg. Lil Happy Lil Sad, Lil Bo Weep, Lil’ Flip, Lil Yung Pharaoh, Lil C and more.

Who are the white rappers with Lil in their name?

White rappers with Lil in their name include: 1. Lil Xan 2. Lil Dicky 3. Lil Peep and more.

What Does Lil Mean In Rapper Names?

In simple words: Lil means little. It is a abbreviated form of Little. It is the hip hop trend first started in 1800s and the trends followed nursery rhyme lil boy bear lil gal bear rhyme.

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