N.O.R.E.’s no more, according to the rapper himself. The Queens-native is starting the new year with a new/old monkier as he’ll go by his street name of P.A.P.I. for his forthcoming sixth solo album, Student of the Game. Standing for Power Always Proves Intelligence, Noreaga spoke with MTV News on the change.

“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,” he explained. “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.”

Along with the new name, N.O.R.E. will debut his new single/video for “Tadow” featuring 2 Chainz, Pusha T and French Montana this Sunday on MTV Jams. Catch a sneak peek video teaser after the jump…..

Previously: N.O.R.E. Feat. Jadakiss – “Gangstas Don’t Die”