Music and composition
From Azealia's Twitter:
"Idle Delilah is the daughter of a farmed white slave owner in the 1900's who was killed by her own father's slaves. I wrote a fable edition of Broke With Expensive Taste, like some real mother goose shit. Idle Delilah's father is a famed slave owner in the early 1900's (America). Delilah is his favorite child. Delilah's mother, Lillith, knew of the hatred her father had created for himself in the town by a pro-slavery activist. One day, the white man's slaves grow tired of his bad treatment and decide to kill his favorite daughter, Delilah, as payback. They covered her small body in black tar and a white cloth with two red bows. She was found dead in the forest by the town drunkards. So the dead Idle Delilah, the one i'm singing of in the song, is defined as a spirit of time. She represents procrastination. She lives behind doors and hides in garbage cans. Her favorite day is Wednesday and her favorite number is 3. She likes red hair barrettes and clear sodas. Playing Jacks, is the most direct and clear form of divination for Idle Delilah. Idle Delilah works best in the playground. to conjure her, visit a playground at 3am with a red candle and two red bows in hard. Leave 3¢. She was six years old when she was murdered."
The Quietus opined: "...Her crew of mostly unfamiliar producers are equally assured in their ambitions. Pearson Sound builds the opening 'Idle Delilah' with a series of reveals—a moody drum machine becomes a swinging Latin groove, which then makes way for a punchy, lyrical guitar lick a la Tom Verlaine."
Pretty Much Amazing opined: "Album opener “Idle Delilah” quickly establishes the album’s musical modus operandi — throw everything at the graffitied wall and see what sticks. Banks unleashes bongo drums, monkey screams, and an ice cream truck jingle of a steel drum hook, all while alternating between maddeningly sing-song vocals and her characteristically furious and venomous flow."
- Mixing — Rob Kinelski
- Mastered by — Dave Kutch
- Executive Produced By — Azealia Banks & The Underdogs (Producers)