Kanye West wants to change his legal name to ‘Ye’ with no surname

Kanye West makes a quick trip to his office

Something has been kind of bothering me about the conversations around Kanye West these days. After Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from Kanye this year, it feels like people are acting like Kanye’s “Kardashian spell” has been broken and now he’s back to Original Kanye or something. Like, the Kardashian-West years are just a faded memory and we shouldn’t talk about all of the stupid sh-t he did back then, like go Full MAGA and commit election fraud. I still have a grudge against him for all of that, and I haven’t forgotten how he was ride-or-die for Donald Trump. He probably still is. But it seems like Kanye also wants to punctuate the end of an era and perhaps start a new era. The Ye Era.

Kanye West is no more — that is, if he gets his way, and a judge grants him an official name change … to something much more to the point. KW just filed legal docs in L.A. … asking a court to give him a new moniker in the books — going from Kanye Omari West to simply, “Ye.” Yes, the nickname he’s gone by for years and years now … dude wants that to be what Uncle Sam knows him by going forward.

Unclear what might go into the review process for this … but it seems pretty clear. If a judge signs off, then Kanye as you know him is a goner. It’ll be all Ye … all day. Fact is, in California, unless there’s evidence a name change is designed to commit fraud or other shenanigans … the judge will approve it. So, this will get a sign off by the judge.

It’s interesting — Kanye also wants to drop the “West” from his persona altogether too … which is kinda odd, considering he’s shown pride in his family heritage — and has often even called himself (both in person and in song) Mr. West. That too will be nixed if he gets the green light.

Funny enough … Kim still has “West” in her own surname — this after the couple filed for divorce.

[From TMZ]

A lot of people already call him Ye and Yeezy anyway, but I would assume that all of his businesses and licenses and real estate are all under his birth name. It just seems like a stupidly complicated process full of paperwork just for something which amounts to an album-release stunt? Anyway, I’m kind of worried that Ye is going through something and the people around him are trying to protect him and shield him.

As for his new album, Ye is doing another “listening party,” this time in Chicago. It’s scheduled for tomorrow at Soldier Field. The NY Post reports that the 38,000 people scheduled to attend won’t have to show proof of vaccination or provide a negative Covid test. They only concession they’re making to the still-ongoing pandemic is halving the number of tickets sold – originally, more than 60K people were supposed to come, now it’s down to 38K. Congrats on giving the Delta Variant to everybody in Chicago, Ye.

Kanye West attends a church event in Miami covered in silver

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. Ariel says:

    What a jackass.

    • Rice says:

      Amen. And that pic of a silver “Ye” drinking champagne (?) will be funny even after his mother ship comes to get him.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      No, now he wants to start walking around everywhere yelling, “Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Hear Ye!!!”!!!
      That’s what this jackass is going to do, like he’s Paul Revere!!!

      • terra says:

        Ha! Now I have a vision of Kanye on a horse shouting, “the Adidas are coming! The Adidas are coming!”

        (If any PR reps are reading this then a flat fee for this idea to be split between BothSidesNow and myself would be acceptable, thanks.)

  2. ME says:

    He loved his mom so much you’d think he’d want to keep the name she gave him. He actually has a cool name. Also, why is he allowed to have these huge gatherings with zero Covid precautions? This is stupid. I know Kim will be there front and center to get as much publicity as she can wearing some f*cked up outfit.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I thought of his mom, too. He’s naming his album after her, but is rejecting the name she gave him? And it’s a really great name, the whole thing just flows.

    • Cessily says:

      What about all of the “West” children?

      • ME says:

        I do remember Kim saying they initially wanted to name their daughter just “North” with no last name but later changed their minds.

  3. JRenee says:

    Chicago is back to mandatory mask, why wouldn’t this overpriced event require vaccination proof?

  4. MrsRobinson says:

    Is it pronounced Yay like Kanye or Yee like Yeezy or Yeh?

  5. psl says:

    Britney can’t use her phone, but this guy……….

  6. SuSuSusio says:

    So far he’s had 2 listening parties and no one has heard anything whatsoever from the CD.

    Everything he does speaks to him having manic episodes and narcissism worthy of the former WH occupant he tries to emulate.

    People around him clearly value their access and paychecks over his mental health.

    • ME says:

      He’s making lots of money off these “listening parties”. He’s selling merch for a lot of money and people are buying it. If anything, he’ll probably have more of these listening parties as they make him bank. It’s stupid and he shouldn’t be doing this during a damn pandemic…but he’s selfish and money hungry like the rest of the Karjenners (he’ll always be one of them to me).

    • Rice says:

      So the Poopity Scoop singer who tried to fraudulently run for US president hasn’t played any music at his music listening party? Who’s the bigger dummy, him or the people paying for that crap?

  7. AmelieOriginal says:

    Legally I’m not sure you can just exist as a monomym in the US without a last name? He could make it his last name and maybe not have a first name from what I understand?

    Some months back, some bored person in my hometown’s local newspaper started a rumor (guessing the article was supposed to be satire) that went kind of viral: Kanye West was supposedly interested in changing my hometown’s name from dropping one letter to Ye and that he was considering moving there following his divorce from Kim. It caused a lot of uproar and mild amusement in my circles but now I’m wondering if that fake story inspired Kanye to just change his own name to Ye lol. You can read about that fun story here: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/kanye-west-rye-ye/

    • Jennifer says:

      Teller (as in Penn and) does. It can be done.

      Some people in my job from other countries do it, but it is a pain in the arse to have a one namer in a system designed for two and those people usually get really mad at us because our accommodations for that end up being really awkward and weird.

      Would not recommend, Ye.

  8. Angie says:

    Here he goes with his shananigans again!!!

    • Noki says:

      He hasnt decided to go apesh*t on the Kar Jenners yet and I have never seen those women tread so carefully after a breakup. They love to drag anyone that is no longer in their circle through the mud.Please go apesh*t Kanye if only cause they deserve a smear campaign that they have done to many others.

  9. Ry says:

    I can’t wait until I’m rich and famous enough to go by Ry. So can’t hate. Cher says hi.
    Let people do what they want. If that’s his jam, why not.
    I mean, I get there are issues. But fukk it. Let him live out what he’s going through. He’s famous enough that people know what they’re dealing with.
    It’ll land where it lands

    Personally, I just want him to get back to the basics and put out some great music. I think that’s what makes him tic. It’s who he is.
    I know he thinks he’s Jesus.
    But who cares. Let him go.unless it hurts anyone.

  10. Eleonor says:

    The delta variant is spreading everywhere and he is doing “listening party”.
    Wait until someone test positive end up in a hospital, and sue the hell out of YE and go after his money.

    • olliesmom says:

      Maybe that’s why he’s changing his name. To avoid legal problems from his “listening party” in Atlanta.

  11. MangoAngelesque says:

    He’s just a friggin’ weirdo. Not a quirky, fun weirdo, but a who-lets-him-make-decisions, “holy crap, he’s loose in the streets,” bodypainted and Kool-Aided weirdo.

  12. olliesmom says:

    He’s exhausting.

    We’re still in the grip of a worldwide pandemic and this nonsense is one of the top stories in the news today.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Right, Ye making waves about changing his name like he’s curing cancer…

    • Jennifer says:

      He is just such exhausting drama. I dunno how Kim put up with it for years. He’s a lot of walking ego combined with constantly saying ridiculous shit. I can’t speak as to how his mental health issues influence that, but it seems likely they do.

      When he was crying about losing his family, I wanted to yell “THAT’S ON YOU BUDDY WITH YOUR LIFE CHOICES.” You refuse to live in tge same state as your wife and call her a white supremacist. What did you THINK was gonna happen?!