Shortly after Tyler, the Creator announced his fourth album Scum F—k Flower Boy (due Friday), the project leaked and listeners felt that a few songs in particular exposed the lyricist's alleged homosexuality. One of those tracks was "I Ain't Got Time." And now Tyler's officially shared it with the public.
After premiering earlier today on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show, fans discovered that there's way more to the song's story than this standout lyric:
"Next line will have 'em like 'Whoa' / I been kissing white boys since 2004."
In fact, Tyler revealed that he tried to recruit both Kanye West and Nicki Minaj for the track. One of them didn't like it, even though Tyler thought their voice would be a better fit.
"I remember being at Ye's during 'Life of Pablo' and I think he went to take a nap and I was just in the studio and it was an MPC there. It was a mic right there and I was like, 'Noah'—it's his engineer—I was like, 'Just start recording me.' I just start smacking, start clapping, start making weird noises, and then added a 'boom boom boom boom' like that and I was like, 'I'ma just add a hook: 'I ain't got timeee for these.' And it was just that....I was like, 'Damn, Kanye should take this song, he would sound so much cooler saying 'I ain't got time' than me and all that.' He didn't like it. Nothing went on, whatever."
The other invited guest couldn't think of any lyrics to add to it, even though Tyler thought it'd be good exposure.
"I didn't want a second verse at all. I wanted Nicki Minaj on that shit so f--king bad, like you have no idea. I reached out to her so many times. Tried to get her number. She couldn't think of nothing. I couldn't think of nothing. That's what they're relaying. And I'm like, 'How the f--k you hear this beat and can't f--king think of shit? Like, stop that shit. Like, stop playing. And I'm like, Nicki playin' me right now. If Nicki got on that shit, it would bring not only me to a newer audience, but it would bring her to an audience of people who don't think her shit's tight. And that's no shade to her."
So how did it finally come together as a solo record?
"That was two different beats. I heard the Deee-Lite song on the radio with Q-Tip years ago. Was like, 'What is that'? Figured out the sample. Was listening to the sample. I suck at sampling. So I just looped it and was like, 'Oh, this is cool.' Added some drums to it and then it was a beat....so I had these two songs just sitting. And when I work on an album, I work on the same 15 songs for two years, basically. And I had these two songs and I'm like, I don't know which one should go as that banger on here: the sample one or the 'I ain't got time.' And one day, I was like, 'You know what? I'ma mix these two together. Spent three days tryna perfect mixing together."