Before you get started, you’ll need an MC name. If you don’t have one, just make one up! Your MC name can be based on your nickname, something using your last name or initials, or a new name just for FFG. It can be based on who you are, what you like to do, what you think about, what’s going on in your life, what you aspire to become, something from your personal history, or something else altogether.
It can be hard to come up with a name for yourself, so sometimes it’s easier if you do this activity with your crew. Don’t worry about the name too much, you can change it anytime. If you try to change it and people keep using your old MC name then you know the old name is memorable! You can also come up with new MC names for different vocal styles and personas you use when you freestyle. A new name can help you get into a character that opens up a whole new style.
Sometimes your crew will will choose a new name for you that isn’t the name you chose for yourself. This can be great if it’s not mean-spirited or insulting. The names that your friends give you are sometimes the best ones, even if you don’t like them at first. Your MC names will grow on you until you own them. Over time, your MC name might not mean what it used to — but it will mean all the things you have become. Try to avoid an MC name that doesn’t represent you well, or is lifted from someone else’s culture. Other MCs might think you are fronting and it will seem inauthentic, maybe even disrespectful.
The reason we like to use MC names is to create a new persona to give us the creative freedom to say anything and try something new. Your name also creates a friendly yet formal bond between you and your crew, like a secret society name that only members know. When you use someone’s MC name you give them respect of an MC and acknowledge their unique voice. It also references a long tradition of performers using stage names, and you don’t want to break with tradition! Of course, if you really want to, you can use your given name.
On the next page are a few of our favourite MC names from our FFG crew over the years. But don’t use these — they’re taken! If we’ve left your MC name out, send us your name and remind us where we freestyled together so we can put your name on the list in the next edition.
From the Future
Buddha Body Mod
Will of the Circle
Raven & Sika
Fresh Vagina Hero
Mollotron & Feather
Queen of the Green
Deegie the Squeegie