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The artist formerly known as Kanye West has officially filed to have his name changed.
According to the Associated Press news agency, the rapper and producer filed legal documents on August 11, 2021 at Los Angeles Superior Court requesting to change his full name (currently Kanye Omari West) to Ye.
The father-of-four cited 'personal reasons' as the grounds for the legal request, which has to go through a judge before it is official.
West has been known by Ye for several years, announcing on Twitter in 2018 that it was how he wanted to be known going forward.
'The being formally [sic] known as Kanye West. I am YE,' he wrote in a tweet on the platform on September 29, 2018.
Earlier that year in June, West had released his eighth studio album which was also titled Ye. On Twitter, his name is also just 'Ye'.
During an interview that same month, West also explained the origins of his the name, acknowledging how his christian beliefs influenced the album, and later his actual, name choice.
'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, 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 news of West's name change comes days before the 44-year-old is expected to release his 10th album Donda, named after his late mother.
West has held listening parties at stadiums in the run up to the release, some of which have been attended by his four children and Kim Kardashian, who he separated from earlier this year. The former couple are currently going through divorce proceedings.
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