Kanye West Completes Name Change To ‘Ye’

On Monday, the 44-year-old rapper got official approval to legally change his name from Kanye Omari West to Ye, according to Los Angeles Superior Court documents.

“There being no objections, the petition for change of name is granted,” the document reads. “The Decree is signed and filed. The Petitioner’s name is changed from KANYE OMARI WEST to YE.”

Ye filed to legally change his name in August. In the documents, he says his decision for the change is for “personal reasons” and provides no further explanation.

In 2018, the Yeezy founder announced on Twitter he would be changing his stage name to Ye, following the release of his Ye album.

At the time, he spoke to radio host Big Boy and explained that aside from Ye being an abbreviation for his name, the nickname also has religious significance to him.

“I believe ‘ye’ is the most commonly used word in the Bible, and in the Bible, it means ‘you,’ ” Ye said of his album’s title. “So I’m you, I’m us, it’s us. It went from Kanye, which means the only one, to just Ye, just being a reflection of our good, our bad, our confusion, everything. The album is more of a reflection of who we are.”

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