“We were the first people that Kanye came to,” Bangalter told Vibe. “He really responded positively to those ideas we were throwing out to him. And then he ran with it and built the record, working with a lot of other producers and based on maybe some of the initial directions that we had laid out together.” (Kanye says he’s been working on the “Black Skinhead” video for five months, so that can give you a rough sense of when Daft Punk linked up with the rapper.)
Bangalter even revealed that the standout percussion in “Black Skinhead” was originally intended for Random Access Memories. “The first track we did was ‘Black Skinhead.’ The drums we had recorded earlier during the recording of our album, so we had those.”
Considering the chill disco/yacht rock vibes of RAM, they were probably wise to find a new home for those primal thumps.