Kanye West Files to Legally Change His Name to Just ‘Ye’
UPDATE (Aug. 26):
According to court documents obtained by XXL on Thursday (Aug. 26), Kanye filed legal documents with the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles on Tuesday to petition for his name to officially changed from Kanye Omari West to simply "Ye."
According to a report from TMZ on Tuesday evening (Aug. 24), Yeezy filed documents in Los Angeles court today to change his government name to "Ye." In order for the rapper, born Kanye Omari West, to be able to officially go by the nickname "Ye," a judge has to give approval.
The reasons for Kanye's attempt to modify his name now are unclear. However, the outlet notes that in the state of California, a judge will typically approve a name change unless there is evidence to prove that the alteration is being used to commit fraud or to partake in any sort of illegal activity.
In 2018, during his Ye album release, Kanye explained to Power 106 radio show host that he believed "Ye" to be the most commonly used word in the Bible, meaning "you." "So it's, I'm you, I'm us, it's us," he said. "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. And I'm just more of a reflection of who we are. This is beings."
Yeezy, who dropped the aptly titled album Ye in 2018, is also seeking to drop his last name, West, as well.
Interestingly, back in June of 2018, Kanye tweeted: "Who or what is Kanye West with no ego? Just Ye." Months later, in September, he typed: "The being formally known as Kanye West. I am YE."
Hopefully, fans will receive Kanye's Donda album before the name change is official. According to Apple Music, the long-awaited effort that was supposed to initially drop last month now has a release date set for Friday (Aug. 27). Whether or not the LP will arrive is uncertain as Kanye has been delivering pump fakes over the last few weeks.
The news of Kanye West's name change comes after the Chicago-bred rapper-producer received jabs from his rhyming enemy Drake, who appears to have taken shots at ’Ye on Drizzy's feature with Trippie Redd called "Betrayal." The 6 God may have unloaded bars targeting Pusha-T as well.
Kanye allegedly dropped Drake's address into the social media stratosphere days later.
XXL has reached out to a rep for Kanye West for a comment.