17 Photos Proving Kanye West Used To Smile A Lot More In 2007

Kanye West isn't a big smiler. In fact, his general Kanye look is downright depressed. In most photos from recent years, West looks like a puppy whose toy was taken away by a bigger dog. But in 2007, the guy was allll smiles — seriously. Maybe it was the fact that his album Graduation won the album sales battle against 50 Cent's Curtis (is it too early to say "remember 50 Cent?!"), maybe it was his tour with U2 — hell, maybe it was Kim Kardashian's rise to fame. But whatever it was, Yeezus had a lot to smile about in 2007. Click through to check it out all the glorious photos of West's 2007 smiles.

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I have never seen someone looking so happy to be behind a microphone.

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West whispers something happy to his then-fiancee, designer and stylist Alexis Phifer.

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Of course, West doesn’t need anyone to be happy. All he needs is strategically placed facial hair and a smile!

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Stripes make him very happy.

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As do vintage sunglasses.

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He’s happy to be here.

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Someone was psyched for the VMAs!

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This color combination would make anyone happy.

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Being behind a podium really IS the best!

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He’s very excited about formal wear in this one.

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Singing is his favorite.

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Looking classy/thrilled.

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Notice how no one else is smiling besides West in this one.

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Pretty stoked about wearing red on the red carpet.

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He really loves that red jacket.

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Louis Vuitton makes West a very happy camper.

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His future’s so bright he needs shades.