Rapper Kanye West Files Court Documents to Formally Become ‘YE’ 

By: ShaCamree Gowdy 

Kanye West wants to go by Ye. That’s it. 

The “Famous” rapper filed the request in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, August 24, citing “personal reasons” for the move, as reported by The Associated Press. 

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According to court documents, “YE” will be stylized with both letters uppercased and will not be followed by a middle or last name. 

While the legal request may be new, the “DONDA” artist has long gone by the two-letter nickname. It’s also the title of his psychology, mental health, and family-focused album that released in June 2018. 

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He’s mentioned in interviews that it holds special meaning because it’s a word found throughout the Bible, as well as an abbreviation of his first name, per AP. 

West originally made the announcement in a tweet that has since resurfaced from 2018, saying, “the being formally known as Kanye West I am YE.”

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