You Thought The John Mayer Thing Was Weird? Kanye Now Working With Jon Brion

Grammy-winning rapper collaborating with Fiona Apple/Aimee Mann producer for his new LP.

John Mayer isn't the only unexpected muse Kanye West has been turning to lately.

After an introduction by hirsute iconic producer Rick Rubin, Fiona Apple/Aimee Mann producer Jon Brion and West have been staging impromptu performances together during Brion's weekly sets at Hollywood club Largo as well as collaborating on new material.

Brion, who composed music for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "I Heart Huckabees," among other films, will work with the Grammy-winning rapper on his second album, Late Registration, Kanye said, along with Devon Harris (John Legend, P. Diddy). Harris (a.k.a. Devo Springsteen) said he worked with West on the tentative first single off the new album, "Diamonds Are Forever."

As far as Kanye is concerned, however, it's just too soon to discuss his next LP in any detail, as the seeds for the project have barely been planted. "My album is my baby," he said Thursday night at Farnsworth Bentley's birthday party in New York. "And it's like I'm having sex with my wife right now and you just walked into the room."

For a feature on Kanye West and John Mayer, check out "In The Lab With Kanye."