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New Kanye West Video With Daughter Is Surprisingly Adorable And Sweet

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Just last week, Kanye West gave a speech at an awards show about how he purposely doesn't smile for photos, giving us that stoic/angry look we're used to seeing. So, it's a breath of fresh air to see the rapper laughing and looking just plain happy with his daughter North West in his latest music video that dropped today.

In the opening moments of his Spike Jonze-directed video for "Only One"—his first collaboration with Paul McCartney—we see West running down a foggy path in a field, out of breath and laughing. Then enters his daughter, and they share sweet, sentimental moments while he plays with her and holds her. You can watch the entire video on his website here.

Honestly, we shocked ourselves by quietly letting out an audible "aww" while watching this video. Did he just make us feel something...warm and fuzzy? Instead of the angry Kanye we saw a lot of during his Yeezus time (and seeing him fight paparazzi), we finally got to see him in a different light—as a caring dad, happy dude, and a little autotuned like the old Kanye we once knew.

West explained this new side of him when he guested on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today. When DeGeneres pointed out that the rapper now seemed calmer and less angry, he said that being a husband and father made him "a better human being." Being married to Kim Kardashian has taught him to "compromise" and know when to "shut up more," West said. And as for his angry stage? He explains he was just being a petulant child.

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"I was going through my version of the terrible twos," West said. "My daughter, she wants to express herself but she just doesn't have the words for it. For me, there's so many things I want to do with film and clothing and I just didn't have the words or the resources or the backing or the perception that I could do it being a rapper."

He said the Kanye we saw two years ago was a "suffocated" one, and partly credits turning over a new leaf to a new Adidas deal "allowing him some oxygen."

You can watch the interview here: