Ye is in the house! Kanye West's request to change his name gets approved

Los Angeles, California– Yeezy has left the building, and Ye is taking over.

Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, attends a music video presentation in New York City on November 6, 2019.
Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, attends a music video presentation in New York City on November 6, 2019.  © IMAGO/MediaPunch

The rapper formerly known as Kanye West has legally changed his name to Ye after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michelle Williams approved his petition, according to Deadline.

In August, Ye filed documents to legally change his birth name of Kanye Omari West to Ye and cited "personal reasons" as the cause for the request.

The 44-year-old has been referred to as Ye by fans for the last several years. In 2018, he tweeted, "The being formerly known as Kanye West. I am YE."

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That same year, the rapper also released his eighth studio album, simply called "Ye."

In an interview with Bog Boy following the release of Ye in 2018, the Atlanta, Georgia native spoke about the impact of the word "Ye" in biblical terms.

"I believe 'ye' is the most commonly used word in the Bible, and in the Bible, it means 'you'. So, I'm you, I'm us," Ye said.

He continued, "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. I'm just more of a reflection of who we are [as] beings."

While he might've dropped his last name, his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian West, still includes it in her full name despite the couple's ongoing divorce.

The four children they share together also took on Ye's former last name.

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