Did Kanye West’s single “Diamonds from Sierra Leone” inspire your film?

Bling: A Planet Rock was not inspired by Kanye’s amazing song. However, thankfully, the tune was released at a great time because it helped me gain the support that was needed to realize the project. Kanye is featured in the film and added a necessary perspective; whoe better to help articulate hip-hop’s obsession with all things that bling than Mr. West at the time? He was very special-still is-because of his mass appeal both in and out of the hip-hop community.

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