Kanye West who has gone by Ye for years, has now filed to make the name official.
The rapper, 44, formally filed a petition in Los Angeles to change his name from Kanye Omari West to just Ye, with no middle name or last name, according to Los Angeles Superior Court documents obtained by The Associated Press.
West cited ”personal reasons” for the change. The docs were dated Aug. 11 but not sent into the court system until Tuesday. A judge must approve before the petition before it becomes official.
In 2018, the rapper announced on Twitter that he’s no longer “the being formally known as Kanye West… I am YE.”
As well as being an abbreviation of his current name, the 44-year-old has previously said the new moniker has religious significance for him.
“I believe ‘ye’ is the most commonly used word in the Bible, and in the Bible it means ‘you,’” West said in 2018, discussing his album title with radio host Big Boy.
“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.”
He is also in the midst of a divorce from Kim Kardashian, and has expressed an intention to run for US president in 2024 after attracting 60,000 votes in 2020.