Women in Music 2016

Watch Azealia Banks Embody the '90s & the Future in 'Chasing Time' Video

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Azealia Banks

After catching the music world by surprise and releasing Broke With Expensive Taste last week, Azealia Banks released the video for "Chasing Time" on Thursday (Nov. 13), a potent mixture of hip-hop, pop hooks and lean dance beats.

The video is at once a throwback and futuristic. Her ensembles call to mind three '90s acts: Missy Elliott (when Banks and her dancers wear trash-bag couture), Lil' Kim (in her famous nipple-pasty look at the 1999 VMAs) and TLC (in their "No Scrubs"-era revealing space suits). But some of the video's later looks -- including her black body paint and split-screen psychedelia -- are all new. Watch the video below.


In an interview with Pitchfork, Banks noted that she made "Chasing Time" as a hit to please her label. "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]?'" she said. "So then I did 'Chasing Time,' and I was just like, 'You know, this isn't gonna work out.' 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.'"

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But "Chasing Time" isn't an awkward track. It moves deftly between genres and across tempos; it could be addressed to a man or her label -- or both. Banks and her dancers display an assortment of outfits in the minimal video, filmed in black and white. "Check my watch, I had the future in my pocket," Banks sings, "But I lost it when I gave it to you." She's working hard to take it back.