Chasing Time

Album: Broke With Expensive Taste (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • Following numerous delays regarding the release of Azealia Banks' Broke With Expensive Taste album, the rapper announced in mid-July 2014 that after a long battle, she had parted ways with Interscope. She penned this song as a hit to please her label prior to her departure. "It got to a point where they [Interscope] were like, 'Azealia, we get it, you're cool, but we've spent $2 million on this record, can you just give us one [hit]?' So then I did 'Chasing Time,' and I was just like, 'You know, this isn't gonna work out,'" Banks told Pitchfork. "It was like that awkward point in a relationship where you're forcing yourself to have sex because you're like, 'We live here, we're sleeping in bed, it's awkward if we don't."
  • The song's music video finds Banks in a black-and-white world as she pays tribute to three late '90s acts: Missy Elliott's famous trash bag outfit from 1997's "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)," Lil' Kim's iconic nipple-pasty outfit that she wore at the 1999 VMAs and TLC's revealing sci-fi inspired look during their "No Scrubs"-era.

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