Earl linked up with The Neptunes and Chicago producers Christian Rich for a studio session that resulted in two new tracks, one of which became “Burgundy.”
“It was tight,” Earl told MTV News of working with Pharrell. “We did one song before [‘Burgundy’] that one that was whatever — it was cool working with Pharrell but I wasn’t obsessed with it. And then we did that one the next day and it was amazing. He’s too good. He did that sh– in like 20 minutes.”
Christian Rich revealed that Pharrell was actually splitting his time between two sessions that day, the other turned out to be the recording session for Robin Thicke’s smash hit “Blurred Lines,” and P didn’t even break a sweat working on both.
“Pharrell was in the next room making ‘Blurred Lines’ with Robin Thicke [although] we didn’t know it was ‘Blurred Lines’ back then,” Christian Rich’s Taiwo explained. “He came in and was like, ‘This is the slowest beat I ever did, it’s like 60 BPM — here. He literally walked out for 20 minutes and came back in.”
“Chad [Hugo] was there too, it was a Neptunes session and he just came in with the beat and we were like holy sh–, that’s it. Pharrell is having a great year.
“Burgundy” will appear on Doris, due out August 20. Earl told MTV News that he hopes his album will shift the conversation to his music and take the spotlight off his personal life.
“Most of the sh– that I get, and that I’ve gotten in my entire career, has been based on sh– that’s going on in my life and not music stuff,” he said. “So when the album comes out, it’ll give everyone 15 songs to talk about.”