NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Ahead of his appearance on the season debut of NBC’s Saturday Night Live this weekend, rapper and fashion designer Kanye West announced that he had officially changed his name to just “Ye.”
West revealed his new moniker via social media, tweeting, “the being formally known as Kanye West. I am YE” apparently taking the name of the album he released in June.
The name change came on the same day as he released his latest album “Yandhi” and came with the rap artists usual propensity for provocation. During his SNL appearance, performed a bizarre song with rapper Lil Pump in which they were both dressed as bottled water.
Then, during the final song of the night, in which he performed in a red Make America Great Again hat, he concluded the song with a seemingly off-the-cuff rant about bullying and Donald Trump.
While the speech came after the show’s credits had rolled and was not aired, comedian Chris Rock recorded the moment and posted it to his social media.
In his speech, Kanye, standing in front of a seemingly aghast SNL cast, calls for a dialogue, decried bullying, and called out the liberal bias of the entertainment community, receiving an occasional smattering of applause from the audience.
KANYE SNL TALK THAT GOT CUT OFF FREEDOM OF SPEECH SHOULD HAVE EXTENDED pic.twitter.com/IpULoEJxsN
— MIKE DEAN! #MWA (@therealmikedean) September 30, 2018
UPDATE: On Monday, Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian tweeted that the release date of “Yhandi” had been pushed back from Sept. 29 to Nov. 23rd.
Nov 23 Black Friday YANDHI TRUST ME it is worth the wait 😱😘💦💰👑🔥🎥💋👅👏🏼💕😍🔌🤩
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 1, 2018