Kanye West Has Reportedly Filed Documents to Legally Change His Name to Ye

Kanye West has filed legal documents to formally change his name to Ye, TMZ reports. The artist has been gearing up for a 'Donda' listening party in Chicago.


LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Kanye West arrives at Bottega Veneta Salon 01 London collection presentation at Sadler's Wells Theatre on October 09, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Boland/Mark Boland/Getty Images)


Kanye Omari West has filed legal documents in Los Angeles to formally change his name to Ye, TMZ reports.

Kanye has just filed a legal petition to change his name from "Kanye Omari West" to "Ye." pic.twitter.com/lVSthXIrhP

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Complex has reached out to a rep for comment.

Kanye previously told Fast Company’s Mark Wilson in 2019 that he might temporarily change his name to “Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West” so that people “understand exactly what it is.”

In 2018, the multi-hyphenate took to Twitter to write, “the being formally known as Kanye West.” He continued, “I am YE.”

An aerial view of Kanye's setup for the 'Donda' listening event at Soldier Field, via @nbcchicago pic.twitter.com/hlXxU1lesZ

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Ye is also of course the title of Kanye’s eighth studio album, which dropped back in 2018.

“I believe ‘ye’ is the most commonly used word in the Bible, and in the Bible it means ‘you,’” Kanye told Big Boy while they were in Wyoming for the listening party for Ye. “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 confused, everything. The album is more of a reflection of who we are.”

The news of the official name change request arrives as the 44-year-old Kanye Ye has been gearing up to hold another Donda listening party at Chicago’s Soldier Field this coming Thursday, August 26thRolling Stone reports that the upcoming event will not require attendees to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test upon entry. The album listening event will also feature a recreation of Ye’s childhood home that will be positioned in the middle of the stadium.

Speaking of Ye’s 10th studio album, no official update on when Donda will hit streaming services has been released. Ye’s last album was 2019’s Jesus Is King, which won Best Contemporary Christian Music Album at the Grammys.

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