Does Kanye West just want us to call him Ye now?

New album, new name

Kanye West took to Twitter to announce that “the being formally [sic] known as Kanye West” is now to be known as Ye. His post coincides with the release date (September 29) of his new album ‘Yandhi’.

Of course, Ye has been one of West’s nicknames for many years, and was also the title of his divisive solo album, released in June.

His message on Twitter was typically elusive, writing: “The being formally [sic] known as Kanye West I am Ye’.

The rapper announced the record featuring artwork of a jewel case, baring a striking resemblance to that of ‘Yeezus’. Earlier this week, West also shared an official preview of ‘Yandhi’ and revealed the record will feature controversial rappers 6ix9ine and XXXTentacion

Ye will also perform on the series premiere of long-running US comedy show Saturday Night Live tonight. He will be joined by special guests Kid Cudi, Teyana Taylor, and 070 Shake. The rumour that Lil Pump is to join the cast seems unlikely as he is currently in prison for violating a probation order.

SNL creator Lorne Michaels confirmed Kanye West was not the first choice, confirming that Ariana Grande was to be the new season’s first musical guest but dropped out for “emotional reasons”.

Never shy of courting controversy, West recently said he regrets not supporting XXXTentacion before his death. The late rapper, who was shot and killed in June at the age of 20, was accused of domestic abuse by his ex-girlfriend last year. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Ye also defended A$AP Mob founder A$AP Bari, who is facing allegations of sexual assault.