Great pop can transcend its own time and place. That’s an encouraging message for Azealia Banks, who snuck out her great debut album, Broke with Expensive Taste, late last week after years of delays. The ability of music to speak beyond its own moment also hovers over the album’s “Chasing Time,” which the New York rapper/singer made available in September as her most recent digital single.
The song’s new black-and-white video (via MTV) brashly seizes on the chronological conceit. If the music’s ’90s house sleekness recalls how that style has returned to fashion thanks to the likes of (one-time Banks feud partners) Disclosure, the lyrical themes about having “wasted all” her time on someone apply equally well to a no-good lover or to Banks’ situation with her former label, Interscope. The video goes one step further, as Banks dons the occasionally NSFW styles of Lil’ Kim, TLC‘s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Lady Gaga — SPIN points to a blog post cataloging the visual references.
It’s a fittingly bold look for Banks: Why accept detractors’ claims that your time has passed you by when you can simply claim your place in history? Her breakout “212″ video is three years old now, but in a way it might’ve been yesterday.