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Kanye West asks court to officially change his name to Ye

Kanye West has gone by the nickname “Ye” for years, but he has now filed the paperwork to get rid of his old name. Rich Fury/VF20/Getty Images for Vanity Fair


Kanye West asks court to officially change his name to Ye


Kanye West has officially asked to change his name to Ye, court records show.

The 44-year-old wants to drop his entire name — Kanye Omari West — in favor of his longtime two-letter moniker, Ye, with no middle or surname name, according to a Los Angeles Superior Court application.

The records, which date from August 11 but were not filed until Tuesday, explain “personal reasons” for the change. The attorney who submitted the paperwork did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

It comes nearly three years after the mercurial musician, fashion designer, and presidential candidate talked about changing his name following the release of his album Ye.

“I believe ‘ye’ is the most commonly used word in the Bible, and in the Bible it means you. So I’m you, I’m us, it’s us,” he remarked in a radio interview that year, explaining the shift. “It went from Kanye, which means only one, to just Ye – just being a reflection of our good, bad, confused, everything,” he added.

Before West can legally be known as Ye, a judge must approve West’s application by court order, according to the California legal system’s process for requesting a name change. It’s possible that this procedure will take up to three months.


West is currently divorcing Kim Kardashian West, who did not request that her last name be changed back to Kardashian when she filed for divorce in February. His surname is also used by the couple’s four children.

The singer is set to release his new album, which will be titled after his mother Donda, in the near future.

He’s been organizing a series of stadium listening parties in preparation of his upcoming 10th studio album, “Donda,” which will be released before the end of August.

Once a court approves off on West’s application, there are no known limitations that would prohibit him from being called Ye. California just requires that names be composed of the English alphabet’s 26 letters.

He attracted even more attention this week after Drake, the Canadian rapper, exacerbated a long-simmering feud between the two by rapping on Trippie Redd’s new song Betrayal, “Forty-five, forty-four, let it go / Ye ain’t changin’ shit for me, it’s set in stone.” West retaliated by sharing a screenshot of a group text exchange that looked to be directed towards Drake, with the message: “I live for this … You will never recover. I promise you.”

West is erecting a replica of his boyhood house at Soldier Field stadium in Chicago for the third “Donda” listening party, which is set to take place on Thursday, according to Billboard.

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