Kanye West isn’t much of a tweeter these days, but this gem from last October remains one of the man’s best tweets (which is really saying something).
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It was a perplexing statement of fact from Kanye. How does one smile by not smiling? Is Kanye smiling on the inside when he doesn’t smile? How does one inwardly smile? This a conversation that’s not worth having, which is great, because Kanye went ahead and explained his lack-of-smiley faces at The Daily Front Row’s inaugural Fashion Los Angeles Awards last night.

He was in attendance to present an award to Mazdack Rassi, the Creative Director of Milk Studios, a man who Kanye once called a “visionary.” During his eight-minute speech, Kanye didn’t expand on his iHeartMedia stunt and play new music, but he did share an anecdote on why he damn-well doesn’t smile:

“Back when I was working on Yeezus, I saw this book from the 1800s and it was velvet-covered with brass and everything,” West said. “I looked at all these people’s photos and they look so real and their outfits were incredible and they weren’t smiling and people, you know the paparazzi, always come up to me, ‘Why you not smiling?’ and I think, not smiling makes me smile…When you see paintings in an old castle, people are not smiling cause it just wouldn’t look as cool.”
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