Kanye West debuted a complex new haircut to go with his now less-complicated government name on Monday (Oct. 18). The 44-year-old MC posted an Instagram image of the back of his head, which showed off a series of seemingly random shaved portions, with a caption featuring the image for the Japanese Yen.
In the pic, Ye is rocking a silver shirt and a platinum chain featuring his son Saint’s name in block letters. The shot is a rare glimpse of West’s uncovered face after several months of Ye appearing in public wearing a variety of high-fashion masks and full-face coverings. Rocking one of those masks — a grim-visaged black custom Balenciaga model — West performed a rare live solo set at the wedding of Tiffany & Co. evp Alexandre Arnault and D’Estree founder Geraldine Guiotte in Venice, Italy over the weekend.
On Monday, West was granted a request to legally change his name to just “Ye” after a Los Angeles court gave him formal approval. Less than two months after the rapper — whose full name is Kanye Omari West — filed a petition seeking to change his name for “personal reasons,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michelle Williams formally signed off on the new name, a court spokesperson confirmed to Billboard.
Beyond those stated “personal reasons,” the petition did not offer any additional explanation of the name change. An attorney and representatives for the rapper did not return requests for comment.
Check out the pic of Ye’s new ‘do below.