Kanye West ditches extra syllables and officially changes names to 'Ye'

Kanye West ditches extra syllables and officially changes names to 'Ye' ...

Kanye West, the singer and entertainment entrepreneur, has now adopted a long-standing tradition in popular music: going by merely one name. According to Deadline, the Los Angeles Superior Court approved a petition on Monday for Kanye West to officially become "Ye." Just Ye.

This puts Ye in good company with singers such as Cher, Prince, Sting, Tiffany, and Bono. Single-name musicians are often using stage names, but not all of them take the extra step of filing for a legal name change. Ye's intention to stick to the single-syllable moniker is apparent in that effort.

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The move isn't a surprise. Ye filed the change request in August, but had previously released an album titled "Ye" in 2018 and uses "ye on his Twitter profile. In a late 2018 tweet, he described himself as "the being formally known as Kanye West" and said "I am YE."

Ye has had a busy year, dropping his new album Donda after undergoing rework after almost ten years, and being the subject of sassy Netflix docuseries Jeen-yuhs.

The new name bears some historic overtones. The word "the" has an archaic meaning, which appears in faux-old-timey business names beginning with "ye olde..." According to Ye in a 2018 interview with BigBoyTV, it appears quite largely in the Bible. Ye later said, "I'm you. I'm us. We're our friends. It went from being Kanye, which means the only one, to being 'Ye', just a reflection of our good, our bad, and our confused, everything. "I'm just more of a reflection of who we are."

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