Rapper 40 Glocc Announces Name Change To 'Big Bad 40'

West coast rapper 40 Glocc has announced that he has officially changed his well known moniker from 40 Glocc to Big Bad 40 (pronounced ‘four O’).

According to 40 Glocc, his original name had a deeper meaning beyond its obvious reference to the firearm.

“In a country where freedom of speech is number one on our list of Constitutional rights, I recognize yet another clause in the system and I will not give them another opportunity to use their own laws against me,“ Big Bad 40 said. “My former name was always an acronym. 40 represented the 40 acres and a mule they never gave us. Glocc represented Ghettos Legally Oppressed with Crooked Cops. A change has come so this change must be recognized.”

As 40 Glocc, the rapper’s run-ins with artists like Plies, Lil Wayne and most recently, Miami rapper Rick Ross have made him infamous.

Earlier this month, the rapper was put on trial along with at least 60 other men as subjects of a gang injunction against a gang he allegedly belongs to, the Colton City Crips.

The trial was part of the San Bernardino’s continued efforts to gain an injunction against the gang to prevent them from operating out of the Arbor Terrace Apartments complex, aka The Zoo.

Drama aside, Big Bad 40 has been steadily building his music business. His Zoo Life imprint recently inked a deal with Fontana and today, 40 announced that he would be hitting the road to tour with G-Unit leader, 50 Cent.

“Where I come from nothing is free, nothing was just given to me, that molded me into an aggressive person,” Big Bad 40 revealed. “Even as a homeless child on the street for years I believed in myself and I taught myself. I’m a passionate person and what I believe in I stand up for I can’t say the same for many but it’s worked for me as a leader.”

Big Bad 40 is currently putting the finishing touches on his upcoming album NWA (New World Agenda). The first single from the album is titled “Damn” and features singer/reality tv star Ray J.

Additionally Big Bad 40 is planning to release “Welcome To California,” a new anthem featuring rappers Snoop Dogg, E-40, Mistah F.A.B., MC Eiht, Kurupt, Yukmouth, Messy Marv and Xzibit.

50 Cent Tour Dates with Big Bad 40 are listed below:

Jun 10, 2010 - Kansas - City Midland Theater
Jun 11, 2010 - Dallas - Fairpark
Jun 12, 2010 - Houston - Arena Theater
Jun 15, 2010 - Miami - Fillmore
Jun 16, 2010 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live
Jun 17, 2010 - Atlanta - Tabernacle
Jun 18, 2010 - Myrtle Beach - House of Blues
Jun 19, 2010 - New city / venue details forthcoming
Jun 20, 2010 - Lewiston, ME - Lewiston Urban Civic Center
Jun 22, 2010 - NYC - Hammerstein
Jun 23, 2010 - Wallingford - Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
June 24, 2010 -Boston
June25, 2010 -Atlantic City