Kanye West has officially changed his name to Ye. A Los Angeles judge has granted the rapper’s name change request, a communications officer at the Los Angeles Superior Court confirmed to the publication.
Kanye had filed a request for the name change in August, citing ‘personal reasons’. He had used Ye as a nickname and in as an album title in 2018.
The 44-year-old’s name change now means the Grammy-winning rapper does not have a last or middle name anymore as his last full name was Kanye Omari West.
“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 mentioned in a radio interview in 2018.
“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.”
In August, Ye released a two-hour, 27-track album “Donda,” which dropped after weeks of delay and several stadium-filled public listening sessions.
The limelight has recently shone on Ye more for his personal life than his art, following his partner of nearly a decade, Kim Kardashian, filed for divorce earlier this year.
Before the news broke, their union had been dogged for months by reports of marital difficulties. Last year Ye launched an improbable and ultimately failed presidential bid as well.