Jun 28, 2022, 3:11:12 PMJun 28
I neglected to re-read the initial posting after first seeing it earlier today, and thus had forgotten that Jackson did indeed use a stage-name.
And a darned good one too! I mean, Hypo is succinct, and actually evokes some interesting imagery.
But my point remains: while I have ZERO problem with stage-names per se--the guy with the funny nose, the funnier hair and the funniest voice famously employs one, after all, as did I myself professionally on the radio for decades--but rather with how DIMWITTEDLY most hip-hop pseudonyms are selected.
Not to mention INCONSIDERATE of their audiences; that is, why demand your would-be fans master some inside-joke collection of words and/or numerals? It's amazing enough that anyone is willing to endure your melody-absent ranting rhymes, so at least ease their mental commitment by keeping it simple (like "Lizzy", who is, simply, memorable for more than her manageable name).
Now, some are indeed clever--Eninem from M&M and in turn from Marshall Mathers, for example--or at least memorable (who can forget Flavor Flav, the fellow OR the name?). But most of them are mostly forgettable.
But indisputably memorable is Pop Smoke, who sadly ended up both popped and smoked.