According to TMZ, the rapper has filed documents to legally change his name from Kanye Omari West to just “Ye,” the nickname he’s gone by for years. He’s asking an L.A. court to make it official by signing off on the petition.
Kanye wants to drop the “West” from his name altogether, which is surprising given his love for his family. Meanwhile, his ex-wife Kim Karadashian is still using “West” in her surname.
He hinted at the name change back in September 2018. “the being formally known as Kanye West,” he tweeted. “I am YE.”
the being formally known as Kanye West
I am YE
— ye (@kanyewest) September 29, 2018
Kanye isn’t the first rapper to change his name. Earlier this year, Diddy legally changed his middle name to “Love.”