Hear Ye, hear Ye: Kanye West petitions court to change his name

Singer Kanye West
Kanye West arrives at Vanity Fair’s Oscar party in Beverly Hills in February 2020.
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Kanye West just wants to be Ye.

The singer filed court documents Tuesday to legally change his name.

The Los Angeles Superior Court filing says the 44-year-old wants to ditch his full name, Kanye Omari West, in favor of just his longtime two-letter nickname, Ye, with no middle or last name.

The documents, dated Aug. 11 but not sent into the court system until Tuesday, cite “personal reasons” for the change. An email seeking comment from the attorney who filed the documents was not immediately returned.


A judge must approve of the change before it becomes official.

West, who has called himself Ye on his social media pages for years, tweeted that he wanted the change in 2018, saying he was “the being formally known as Kanye West. I am YE.”

“The most beautiful thoughts are always besides the darkest,” Kanye West announces to begin his exasperating new album, “Ye.”

June 4, 2018

The moniker was also the title of his 2018 album. He has said in interviews that, along with being a shortening of his first name, it’s a word used throughout the Bible.

West is in the middle of a divorce from Kim Kardashian West, who did not ask that her last name be changed back to just Kardashian when she filed to split from him in February. The couple’s four children also have his last name.

He has been holding a series of stadium listening parties for his forthcoming 10th studio album, “Donda,” which is scheduled to be released before the end of the month.