Big City is a track that was first streamed (in part) as a live rehearsal on 3rdEye TV Show # 4 on 23 June 2013.
An instrumental version was first heard played live on 17 March 2013 (a.m.) at La Zona Rosa, Austin, TX, USA, during the SXSW show Prince performed for Samsung. A full version with lyrics was first performed live on 13 July 2013 Auditorium Stravinski, Montreux, Switzerland.
An instrumental excerpt of the song was posted on NPG Twitter Account on 2 October 2013.
Pictures from inside Paisley Park Studios show a tape with the song title dated 10/10/11, indicating It the studio version was recorded in October 2011.
In December 2015 the song appeared as twelfth and last track on the album Hitnrun Phase Two. The track actual length is 5:41. It ends with 45 seconds of silence.