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Shout-Out is NOT a sub-set of Name-Dropping[edit]

According to this article shout-out is a subset of name-dropping. That's not right. I can say I'm giving a shout out to Joe but if Joe is not famous it's not name dropping. So while they can certainly intersect it's not a sub-set.Filmteknik (talk) 00:41, 8 February 2011 (UTC)

Is it really necessary to have this entire paragraph based on hip-hop? It strikes me that just about every social group involves a certain level of name-dropping, whether or not they're featured on MTV.

Pros and cons of names-dropping[edit]

If Wikipedia is to endorse its policy of NPOV, surely this artilce should consider pros as well as cons of names-dropping. It is true that names-dropping is often seen as something negative, but surely a case could be made that it makes conversation more interesting. ACEO 18:39, 2 August 2006 (UTC)

There is a difference between name-dropping, citing references and 'conversationalizing'. It is one thing to say, "Did you see Jimi Hendrix's Improv at Woodstock?", another to say, "Improvisation, such as the Hendrix performance at Woodstock, ..." and quite another to say, "Yeah, me and Jimi partied after Woodstock." Perhaps this article could/should be joined with the one mentioned below ("why it's OK to name-drop"). (talk) 06:11, 18 January 2008 (UTC)
If it's done in an interesting, informative, or sincere way, one could argue that it's no longer merely name-dropping, it's just good conversational skills. The linked article about "why it's OK to name-drop" has some good examples of artful name-dropping, and how one can get the positive effects of conversationally associating yourself with Important Persons without getting stigmatized as a name-dropper. Silarius 16:13, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

It is intersesting to note that many of those who are accused of "Name Dropping" are highly skilled in the art of conversation and are highly socially mobile as opposed to the accusers who are not and have difficulty in social mobility and therefore they see it as a form of social jousting or one upmanship of the name dropper.

Really? Who is making the determination that the name droppers are "highly skilled in the art of conversation"? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:37, 8 November 2007 (UTC)

Paragraph on Hip-Hop[edit]

The paragraph below (that is included in the article) on hip-hop violates Wikipedia's policy of NPOV.

Rap artists have always been known to drop names in their songs when they send a shout out to other rap artists, ostensibly acquaintances. In recent years, however, they have taken grandstanding to new levels by being seen in their videos driving expensive cars and wearing lots of bling, and in addition to mentioning names of important people, it is now common to mention the names of expensive or elitist brands of clothing, shoes, jewelry, cars, liquors, and even private jets.

Particularly the part: "In recent years, however, they have taken grandstanding to new levels by being seen in their videos driving expensive cars and wearing lots of bling (...)"

Who are "they" exactly? I also feel some racism included in there.


Just because one person takes offense to perceived racism, the neutrality of the section should not come into question. "They" are the majority of "rap videos" regardless of race, creed or color. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:34, 18 September 2007 (UTC)


I'm not so sure that it's racist, though it's tone is questionable. However, racist or not, it does sound very derogatory towards hiphop as a genre. The comment is obviously referring to the most mainstream of hiphop artists, and I don't feel it should make sweeping generalizations regarding hiphop and/or it's artists. Mainstream hiphop artists make up for less than 1% of the world's hiphop artists, therefore I feel this article should be cleaned up. I am willing to do it if people agree with me. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:28, 19 February 2008 (UTC)

I agree,this article does seem a little prejudice towards hip-hop,not racist needs to be rewritten. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Daverich313 (talkcontribs) 04:03, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

Other Songs which Use Name-dropping Section[edit]

Everyone associated with this page seems to think name-dropping is strictly a hiphop/rock 'n roll phenomenon. There is an entire song devoted to name-dropping in the 1956 Broadway musical Bells Are Ringing entitled "Drop That Name."

What about "Rock and Roll Heaven" ?

Also, this page is linked to from the Jefferson Airplane entry. To what song does this refer? (talk) 06:19, 18 January 2008 (UTC)

Vandals inserting their own names[edit]

I deleted their mention in the article. Discuss. White 720 (talk) 23:29, 28 January 2008 (UTC)

I've changed the heading (as it's essentially giving them what they want). This is an ongoing thing, the nonsensical inserting of their own names. All we can do is revert until they get lives and move on. freshacconcispeaktome 14:38, 5 April 2008 (UTC)

Name dropping on Wikipedia[edit]

Perhaps a section on uncited name dropping in Wikipedia? Typically, it's nothing more than:

  • padding/fluff
  • adding an interwiki link to a notable article
  • attempt to elevate importance of article to encyclopedic

Examples: so-and-so was inspired by [[Article of person]] or thought of joining [[Article of organization]]. -- Robocoder (t|c) 17:32, 11 March 2008 (UTC)

Yes happens a lot. You read technology articles and they are quite littered with brands and brand names. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:49, 13 March 2018 (UTC)

Madonna's song Vogue[edit]

Is this not also considered name dropping? Kurtto (talk) 01:52, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

Namedropping in this context may be more about people still alive. Within the past 6 years, you may have heard the Trumpets song by Jason Derüllo. Am I not gay if I'll buy all records produced by Katy Perry, Kanye West, Coldplay? --Stat-ist-ikk (talk) 09:11, 24 March 2014 (UTC)


Why is this page vandalized lots of times? -- (talk) 06:41, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Sock issues. -- (talk) 01:46, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, they were trying to insert those names and putting them back over and over. We need improvements, do we? -- (talk) 05:30, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
This ongoing vandalism by sockpuppets IPs started in December 2007, and continues every time semi-protection is dropped. The page needs indefinite protection. Fences and windows (talk) 11:17, 14 March 2009 (UTC)
Began here: [1]. The last IP was temporarily blocked a couple of weeks ago. They're back with another two IPs. Fences and windows (talk) 15:25, 6 April 2009 (UTC) It appears to be Uncyclopedia editors: [2]. Fences and windows (talk) 15:27, 6 April 2009 (UTC)

Songs around name dropping[edit]

{{editsemiprotected}} 57 singers and bands in " Destroy Rock & Roll " by Mylo

 Done ~ mazca t|c 20:02, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

Criticism of name dropping[edit]

i believe it was Christopher Hitchens who criticized name dropping in his essay on fame inspired by a conversation i had with him. or was it George Soros? damn, it was george harrison. sorry.Mercurywoodrose (talk) 01:54, 3 September 2009 (UTC)


Why is name-dropping hyphenated in the title & not in the text? ωεαşεζǫįδ 22:26, 1 June 2010 (UTC)

Methods: better example[edit]

The example "Kingsley" did not ring a bell at all with me, I first thought of Kinsey Report. Of course the example is useful: It appears to be sourced; and after reading Kingsley Amis I can envision possible name dropping. But still a more prominent example would be better. -- Tomdo08 (talk) 14:09, 5 October 2010 (UTC)

Personal connection[edit]

This article begins with "Name-dropping is the practice of mentioning important people or institutions". But I was always under the impression that "Name-dropping is the practice of mentioning a personal connection to important people or institutions", as in "Whilst having cinnamon-sprinkled coffee yesterday with Barack Obama at the White House", or "...and that's precisely what I told Henry Kissenger the other day while we were playing pétanque down by the lake". ¿Add those 4 words to the intro? BigSteve (talk)

Agreed. And backed up by definitions given at merriam-webster and collins. (Not that a citation is required for such a simple and fundamental addition.) –Quiddity (talk) 15:26, 25 June 2013 (UTC)


Under the page for John Stuart Mill there is the sentence 'Mill is namechecked in Monty Python's "Philosophers Song"', wherein "namechecked" is linked to this page, yet there is no reference at all to the term on this page. I presume that the term is synonymous or used in a similar fashion, but I don't think presumption should have a place here. I would suggest that either the term on Mill's page (and possibly elsewhere) be changed, or the term "namechecked" be explained on this page, or given its own if its definition differs enough from this.Tudnut (talk) 22:51, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

Name checking[edit]

"Name checking" presently redirects here, but is not the same as name dropping. Name check is the practice regularly employed by scholars and other writers of mentioning the names of others who have published on a topic for the purpose of demonstrating that the author is aware of their work, but without describing or engaging in the work of the individual being "name checked." Probably needs a separate page.E.M.Gregory (talk) 13:25, 17 October 2018 (UTC)