Kanye West files petition to legally change his name to Ye

Taylor Hill/FilmMagic

Everyone already calls him Ye.  Now, Kanye West has filed paperwork to have his name legally changed to Ye. 

ABC News obtained an copy of the rapper’s petition, which he filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday. It asks the court to sign off on changing his legal name from Kanye Omari West to simply Ye. 

The “Stronger” rapper has been going by the moniker for years, even telling fans in a 2018 tweet that he is “the being formally [sic] known as Kanye West. I am YE.”

It’s unknown when the court will rule on Kanye’s petition.  A request for comment from Kanye and his attorney, Ekwan Rhow, has gone unanswered as of Wednesday morning.

The name change request comes days before Ye’s third listening event for his upcoming album, DONDA, which is set for Thursday night at Chicago’s Soldier Field. His two previous listening events were held at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 23 and August 5. The album, which is named after his late mother, Donda West, will be his 11th studio album and his follow-up to 2019’s Jesus Is King.

Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.