American rapper, Kanye West has revealed why he changed his name to “YE”. Announcing the change on Saturday, he wrote on Twitter:
American rapper, Kanye West has revealed why he changed his name to “YE”.
Announcing the change on Saturday, he wrote on Twitter:
“The being formally [sic] known as Kanye West. I am YE.”
West, 41, has been nicknamed Ye for some time and used it as the title for his eighth album, which was released in June.
West 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, while discussing his album title with radio host Big Boy.
“So I’m you, I’m us, it’s us. It means the only one, to just Ye – just being a reflection of our good, our bad, our confused, everything.”
The change came ahead of his appearance on Saturday Night Live, where he launched his new album, Yandhi.
He replaced singer, Ariana Grande, on the show. Grande had cancelled her appearance for “emotional reasons”, the show’s creator said.
He is one of a number of famous rappers to change their name.
Sean Combs has been previously known as Puff Daddy, P. Diddy or Diddy, but this year announced his preference for the names “Love and Brother Love.”
Also, JAY-Z, a former West collaborator, has made do with or without a hyphen and capitals in his name.