“Kanye West” is no more. It’s officially just “Ye.”

About 44 years ago, a baby boy was born and christened Kanye Omari West and later became a famous eccentric rapper. But “Kanye Omari West” no longer exists in a legal sense because he’s officially changed his name to just “Ye.” Or maybe it’s “YE.” That’s it. Just those two letters. That’s his whole name now.

He’s been using that nickname for years but decided to make it official after petitioning the state of California for the name change. Why? “Personal reasons,” say the documents. But if we go back into some interviews, we find this:

“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 album is more of a reflection of who we are.”

Um, okay.

Kanye YE has already trademarked that name and according to TMZ will use it to sell “sanitary masks for protection against viral infection.”

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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