Tyler the Creator has never collaborated with Justin Bieber — but not for lack of trying.
In a new cover story for GQ, the 28-year-old rapper reveals his track “Earfquake”, off his new IGOR album, was originally offered to The Biebs.
“I wanted him to have it, and it didn’t work out,” he tells the magazine, revealing he received no response from Bieber. “And then I asked him to do background vocals, but nothing.”
In fact, he says he then sent the track to Rihanna — and got the same radio silence he received from Bieber. “I be trying to send people songs and it didn’t work,” he shrugs.
In the wide-ranging interview, Tyler (whose real name is Tyler Gregory Okonma) discusses the concept behind the album, which is presented via the made-up persona of IGOR, who wears a blonde bobbed wig and canary-yellow pantsuit.
“The IGOR s**t plays a thin line between goofy and funny and art,” he explains. “I always have to be careful so it doesn’t f**k everyone’s perception up. It’s art, and an idea.”
Accompanying the interview is a video in which Tyler answers questions from Kendall Jenner, Seth Rogen and more — watch: