Kanye just wants to be Ye. The billionaire rapper first hinted about plans to change his name in 2019.
Kanye West filed court documents Tuesday to legally change his name.
The Los Angeles Superior Court filing says the 44-year-old wants to get rid of his full name — Kanye Omari West — in favor of just his longtime two-letter nickname, Ye, with no middle name or last name.
“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. It went from Kanye, which means the only one, to just Ye”
– KANYE EXPLAINING ‘YE pic.twitter.com/La3H8Dhj2s
— TeamKanyeDaily (@TeamKanyeDaily) August 24, 2021
The documents, dated Aug. 11 but not sent into the court system until Tuesday, cite “personal reasons” for the change.
A few years ago he was meant to drop an album called Yandhi, in the tracklist there’s incomplete song he speaks about giving up his last name.
A judge must approve of the change before it becomes official.
West, who has called himself Ye on his social media pages for years, tweeted that he wanted the change in 2018, saying, “the being formally known as Kanye West. I am YE.”
— Elliott Wilson (@ElliottWilson) August 6, 2021