Announcing the change on Twitter on Saturday, September 29, 2018, he wrote: “The being formally [sic] known as Kanye West. I am YE”.
Kanye West has been nicknamed Ye for some time and used the moniker as the title for his eighth album, which was released in June. The change came ahead of his appearance on Saturday Night Live, where he launched his new album titled “Yandhi”.
The “Yandhi” album comes a day after Lil Wayne put out his highly-anticipated “Tha Carter V” album. It features XXX, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg and more.
As well as being an abbreviation of his current professional name, West has previously said the word 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 earlier this year, discussing his album title with radio host Big Boy.
Kanye West, who is now also formally known as Ye, becomes a part of the tall list of famous rappers to change their names. The likes of Sean Combs has been variously known as Puff Daddy, P. Diddy or Diddy, but this year announced his preference for the names Love and Brother Love.
Check out Kanye’s post about changing his name below…
the being formally known as Kanye West
I am YE
— ye (@kanyewest) September 29, 2018