Earfquake

Album: Igor (2019)
Charted: 17 13

Songfacts®:

  • "Earfquake" is a love song in which Tyler admits to his partner that he's made mistakes. He pleads with her not to leave as she makes his "earth quake."
  • The song is a collaboration with:

    Rapper Playboi Carti who spits a verse. And contributes some ad-libs The two artists previously worked together on the A$AP Mob song "Telephone Calls," which also featured A$AP Rocky and Yung Gleesh.

    Blood Orange singer Devonté Hynes, who croons the chorus. Tyler previously appeared in Hyne's music video for his song "Hope."

    Former lead vocalist for The Gap Band, Charlie Wilson, who contributes background vocals. He previously worked with Tyler on his Cherry Bomb track "F---ing Young/Perfect."
  • Tyler handled the production of the track on his own. He penned the song with Playboi.
  • The misspelled song title follows in the grand tradition of such song names as "Pop Muzik," "Hot In Herre," "Grillz" and "California Gurls."
  • The song's music video features a guest appearance by Traee Ellis Ross, who takes on the role of a talk show host named Pearl Edwards. The Black-ish actress introduces Tyler, who's clad in a blond wig and a baby-blue suit. After an awkward back-and-forth between the pair, Tyler delivers an energetic performance of the song. However, once he starts playing the piano, the set catches on fire causing widespread chaos.

    None of Playboi Carti, Devonté Hynes, or Charlie Wilson feature in the clip.
  • During a performance at a small Apple Music-broadcasted show in Los Angeles, Tyler revealed to the crowd that he'd originally written "Earfquake" with Justin Bieber in mind. He also claimed that he had offered the song to Rihanna. Both pop stars rejected it.
  • Boyz II Men and Charlie Wilson brought a doo-wop sound to this song when they joined Tyler to perform it at the Grammy Awards in 2020. Igor won for Best Rap Album at the ceremony.

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