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Kanye West wants to officially change his name to Ye

By | Published on Wednesday 25 August 2021

Kanye West

As of the moment I write these actual words, the iTunes Store has the anticipated release date of Kanye West’s new album ‘Donda’ down as 29 Aug.

Yeah, maybe. That release date listing has been regularly updated in recent weeks of course, as West continues to work on the record which is due to get its third public airing at a listening party in Chicago tomorrow.

However, even if West does finally make his new record available to download and stream this weekend, Apple may still need to make some additional changes to its listing of the album. Because, it seems, the rapper is changing his name.

According to TMZ, West has filed legal papers in LA seeking to formally change his name on the official records. Basically making his Ye moniker his official name. But not Ye West. Just Ye. Because surnames are so old school these days.

It’s not entirely clear if and when that application will get approval, and what impact it will have on the name West – or Ye, if you prefer – uses on his future releases. Assuming any of those future releases actually get, well, released.