During a special live performance in Los Angeles broadcasted by Apple Music, Tyler shared some interesting IGOR tidbits. According to the rapper, he had initially written “Earfquake” with Justin Bieber in mind and also extended the offer to Rihanna. However, both singers apparently rejected it. The song’s final cut ended up with features from veteran soul singer Charlie Wilson and Playboi Carti.
“I made [‘Earfquake’] like May of 2017 and I wrote it for Bieber. He didn’t take it, so I hit Rihanna[’s] people up. I was like, ‘Hey, I have this song, I would love for her to sing the hook, I think it will be big.’ I just wanna write pop songs, honestly. I didn’t hear back from them, so I left my [reference] vocals in,” Tyler revealed during the gig.
The rapper also went on to share how his trip to Italy with Solange and Frank Ocean inspired the track “I Think,” while “Running Out of Time” was recorded in New York City during a session with A$AP Ferg.
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