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Tim Omaji's Definitive Ranking Of Other Artists Who Reinvented Themselves

BuzzFeed sat down with Tim Omaji - formerly known as Timomatic - to talk about his name change and other artists who have reinvented themselves.

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"I've technically been Timomatic for 10 years," Tim says, stating that the name originated with his dance background when he was a teenager and stuck. "In the last 12 to 18 months, though, I felt a shift artistically and creatively. With the music I was producing and creating, I felt like 'Timomatic' only captured a portion of that, but not the whole thing."

Tim refers to his decision to go back to his real name as "phase two", a "more intimate" form of musical expression. Tim also joked about keeping the Timomatic moniker for another decade, saying "I'll be 37. Like, can I still be a robot?! Can I still pull it off?!" If I had the Daft Punk mask? Maybe. But I told the guys, I was like 'I can't do it!' (laughs)."

Since Tim knows a thing or two about reinvention, we asked him to give us his ~definitive~ ranking of other artists who have undergone name changes and/or drastic image overhauls. Here's how it went...

10. Miley Cyrus

"Miley! Miley would've been a lot higher on the list last year, but I feel like she's burned too bright and she can't sustain it. Like, trying to be like, the kinda retro gal who smokes and does all this weird stuff, it's not sustainable, I don't think. I'll be really interested to see where she goes from here, because I thought her album was dope."


9. Christina Aguilera

"She kinda fell off! She was goin' strong for awhile, I like the whole 'Candyman' thing, the whole retro throwback, and to come from the whole 'Genie in a Bottle' thing, she's created a really cool thing for herself. But I think since The Voice she's kinda phoned it in a little bit as an artist."

8. Katy Perry

"Katy Perry is dope, she's just here because... I mean, if you're on a list with Prince, you're good, you know? I think the whole confectionary thing for me, it's a bit much... and I don't think she's evolved it that much. It's just been like, bright colours and confection. I'm eager to see what she does next!"

7. Lana Del Rey

"Lana Del Rey, I mean, her ability to be one thing and it didn't really work out, to go 'okay, well, let's keep it moving' and to reinvent herself, I think the cool thing about Lana is she not only reinvented herself, but she created her own lane at the same time. It's indie, but made really digestible to the pop world."

6. Snoop Dogg

"Snoop DOGG! Snoop LION! Snoop Doggy Dogg! I mean, he's a veteran in the game. I don't know. I mean, I think his name-changing and everything is moreso... drug induced (laughs)... than anything, which is why he's not at the top [of the list]... but Snoop is Snoop. Snoop's the kinda guy you think is gonna live forever, he is bigger than music. He's a pop staple."


3. Madonna

"I mean, she's probably been doing this for three decades now. She started as a dancer, so to grow to what she's become is huge. And I think also, she's a statement artist. She made risky statements and stuck by them and she's just a workhorse. She was risky, and she worked really hard. She's a queen."


2. Diddy

"To be able to change your name that many times and for it to be like, a gimmick, to an extent, but then to have a career that is so solid in terms of what he's done for hip-hop, I think it's really good. Diddy reminds me that age is a mindset, he keeps it fresh! He's just continuously evolving and moving quickly and I think he... he understood the internet age before a lot of people did."