Queens rap icon N.O.R.E. is following in the steps of rappers such as 2 Chainz and Snoop Lion and has changed his name to P.A.P.I. He says the change was made as a way to get back to the beginning.
"I wanted to do something totally different for the album. Sometimes if you're lost, the best way to find where you're at is to go to the beginning," the Queens rapper told MTV News.
"My mother doesn't even call me Victor, my father has never called me Victor, my teachers didn't even call me Victor... My name in Lefrak City and my name in Queens is actually P.A.P.I., it's not even N.O.R.E."
P.A.P.I., which stands for Power Always Proves Intelligence, will be the moniker used by the rapper for his new LP.
"I say why don't I go back to the essence and go back to the name P.A.P.I., I put a little twist on it because I like to have my acronyms popping," he said.