Kanye West has officially changed his name to Ye after a Los Angeles court approved his application.
The rapper formally requested to change his name to Ye (pronounced “yay”) in August after filing legal documents – citing “personal reasons” for the name change.
He has now successfully dropped his full name – Kanye Omari West – in favour of this long-time two-letter moniker.
The 44-year-old made the decision to change his name to Ye shortly after the release of his eighth studio album of the same title. He had taken to his Twitter page the to writet: “The being formally known as Kanye West. I am YE.”
His application has been officially approved by LA Superior Court Judge Michelle Williams, and he will no longer have a middle or last name.
In 2018, the rapper told radio host Big Boy, “I believe ‘ye’ is the most commonly used word in the Bible. In the Bible it means you.
“So, I’m you. And I’m us. It’s us. It went from being Kanye, which means the only one, to just Ye, just being a reflection of our good, our bad, our confused – everything. It’s more of a reflection of who we are [as] beings.”