Why Kanye West changed name to Ye

The artist formerly known as Kanye West is now officially Ye.

Just Ye.

Kanye West
Kanye West

A Los Angeles judge granted the 44-year-old’s name change request, a communications officer at the Los Angeles Superior Court said on Monday.

The mercurial US performer had filed the request in August, citing “personal reasons”.

The name change now means the Grammy-winning rapper and producer no longer has a last or middle name. His previous full name was Kanye Omari West.

In 2018, he released an album by the same name, a moniker he’s long used as a nickname.

“I believe ‘ye’ is the most commonly used word in the Bible, and in the Bible it means you. So it’s I’m you, I’m us, it’s us,” he said that year in a radio.

“It went from being Kanye, which means the only one, to just Ye being a reflection of our good, our bad, our confused, our everything.” 

Also in August, Ye released the two-hour, 27-track album Donda, which dropped after weeks of delay and several stadium-filled public listening sessions.