The cover art of “Running Outta Time” by Brian Fender and TxTHEWAY is striking and elicits an immediate emotional response. It’s a photo of both rappers when they were kids with sniper targets on their heads. Maybe much of America was roused to action after the murder of George Floyd in 2020 and it brought to light the murders of Breonna Taylor and Elijah McClain. But the fact is we’ve heard countless stories like that for years even in national news from police rolling up on Tamir Rice in Cleveland and shooting him dead immediately to Eric Garner being choked out by cops and the shooting of Philando Castile. And of course decades of this casual disregard for the lives of black people in America. “Running Outta Time” speaks to coming up knowing any day your fate could be like that of any of the aforementioned. The warbling keyboard sound is both melancholic and hopeful, hoping to have the time to do what you want in life despite all the challenges and stumbling blocks placed in your way by an entrenched systemic racism. But the song doesn’t abstract this reality, its vignettes ground it in experiences many of us have had or know of from firsthand observation. And the ending, which will not get spoiled in this review, ends this dreamlike song in dramatic fashion. It’s a reminder that for many people there isn’t time to waste and yet you don’t know when that’s going to come to an end and the uncertainty of that truth can hang heavy on your heart. Listen to “Running Outta Time” on Soundcloud and connect with TxTHEWAY at the links provided.