One of the reasons Kanye wanted to work with Jon Brion was because he was so impressed by Brion’s score to the film, Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind. (Apparently, so was Jay Electronica, who rapped over Brion’s score on “Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge).”) The film was directed by Michel Gondry, who ended up playing a role on the Kanye’s album, as well.

According to MTV, Gondry happened to be in the studio on a day when Brion was setting up a drum kit and he ended up playing live drums on “Diamonds From Sierra Leone.” Furthermore, Gondry would go on to direct one of the music videos for the album's single, “Heard 'Em Say.”