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Kanye West Briefly Caught Smiling at Basketball Game

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Kanye West isn’t caught smiling on-camera that often.

During a Sunday NBA game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls, Yeezy fans were given a rare glimpse behind the scenes as to how West achieves this: ninja-like control over his facial muscles.

In a widely circulated Vine clip (nearly 5 million loops and counting), West appears to be smiling briefly during a conversation with former Bull Scottie Pippen before noticing a camera, at which point he abruptly returns to his trademark scowl.

West, 37, later performed his song “All Day” at the game, hopping onto the floor during a time-out.

And while West wasn’t with wife Kim Kardashian West for Mother’s Day, he made sure to give her a reason to smile. Kardashian posted on Instagram that West arranged for a string quartet to play Sam Smith songs for her at a dinner in São Paulo, adding that “Every single waiter who brought food said ‘This is from Mr. West for the best mother in the world.’ ”