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Premiere: Adrian Marcel Is Ready To Go In His '5 Minutes' Video

Here is the premiere for Adrian Marcel's "5 Minutes" video

Adrian Marcel is a man on a mission in his latest video for "5 Minutes." Directed by Keoni Mars, the visual shows the Bay Area crooner cruising in the whip to his bae's apartment while singing, "Baby, all you need is someone who's gonna love you down."

As a featured BET Music Matters artist, Marcel sung his way to #4 on iTunes' Top R&B Songs Chart in 2014 with his breakout single "2AM." His mixtapes, 7 Days of Weak and Weak After Next (executive produced by Raphael Saadiq), have made waves, featuring an array of grown and sexy jams.

Now, Adrian continues to infuse his Westside roots into his rhythm and blues. After teaming with hitmaker Rico Love for his recent single "Spending The Night Alone" and taking a cue from Christian Grey for his V-Day offering Fifty Shades of Adrian: Unplugged, the master serenader is hitting all the right notes.

See the "5 Minutes" visual off his forthcoming project Weak After Next Reloaded and our recent one-on-one with Marcel below.

VIBE: You teamed up with Rico Love to create “Spending The Night Alone.” How did you two end up working together?
Adrian Marcel: Rico has always been a real super cool friend of mine. We met up just kind of doing different things for BET, especially with Music Matters. He was talking about the way I performed and the passion I showcased so he flew me out to Miami. When I was there, we knocked out the record in a couple of hours. I mean I knew the first time I heard it, it was perfect. It was for me.

It seems like Raphael Saadiq is one of the realest MVPs on your team. People often call you his protege. Are you comfortable with that?
I'm comfortable with whatever you wanna call me. Not to say it doesn't matter but, at the same time, people are going to have their opinions and that just happens to be a good one. I don't get too caught up in the name. For me, it has to be real and genuine. As long as I'm doing what I'm supposed to do in showcasing passion, inspiration and motivation then so be it. From day one, it's kind of been like that and either me or [Raphael] would be like, 'Cool,' laugh about it and keep working.

On your track “I'm Still,” you sing, “I'm still the same man I was before/Never will I let it change me/ Sometimes I sit alone/Hoping that this life won't faze me.” What was the biggest obstacle you faced before you got signed to Republic Records?
I think artists sometime distract ourselves. We make things a little more difficult for ourselves. We overthink things and I think that was one of the biggest things for me, worrying about, 'Can I sing good enough? Is my hair okay? Will they accept me? Is this it?' From the smallest to biggest things, I just worry too much. [Raphael] did an excellent job by just stepping in and showing me how to believe in myself even more, in an industry sort of matter. He was just like, 'Hey, man, trust yourself.'

You went on tour with The Dream, Kelly Rowland and Keyshia Cole at one point. What was your wildest moment on the road?
A man offered me his wife. He was like, 'Hey man, you know my wife is just such a big fan. She loves you, man. We sit and listen to your music all day. Sometimes we put it on when we make love, man, but... I know this may be a little weird for you but is there any way... maybe one night with my wife? Tonight?' I'm just sitting there, kinda dumbfounded. It was definitely an awkward moment for sure.

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T.I. Releases Short Film For "The Amazing Mr. F**k Up"

T.I. keeps himself accountable for his wrongdoings in the cinematic visual for "The Amazing Mr. F**k Up."

Premiered Monday (Dec. 10) on his series T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle, the track featuring singer-songwriter Victoria Monet, is flipped into a 10-minute-short film. Directed by Mike Ho, the short film stars comedienne Britney Elena, Colombus Short, Woody McClain and model Denise Rodriguez.

Starting at a fancy dinner gathering among friends, things take a turn for the worst when the rapper's other partner invades the feast. On the Dime Trap cut, T.I. calls out himself for his past mistakes and deviances with acknowledgment on how he needs to do better.

"It's amazing all the sh*t I done / Such examples I've been setting for my son / All she did was stay down and have my kid / All the time just to realize I ain't sh*t," T.I. spits. In addition to the rapper flexing his acting chops, the album version of the song includes the infamous scene in ATL between Tip and Lauren London, where his character snatches a necklace he gifted for New New.

The rapper is currently closing out the year on an impressive note as it was revealed that his music has been streamed 276 million times on the music streaming service Spotify. "A modest flex to end my 18th year in this sh*t!!!! Multitudes of Gratitude!!! #NextYearWeGoBigger!!!!," the Grand Hustle emcee tweeted on Saturday (Dec. 8).

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Extra thx to @brittneyelena @woody_thegreat @mikeho_ @officialcshort and errrrbody involved in bringing this vision to life!!! #TheAmazingMrFuckUP out @vevo after tonight’s episode of Friends and Family Hustle!!! @vh1

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A modest flex to end my 18th year in this sh*t!!!! Multitudes of Gratitude!!! #NextYearWeGoBigger!!!! pic.twitter.com/7J6FFsUicS

— T.I. (@Tip) December 8, 2018

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Gucci Mane, XXXTentacion, & More Friday Releases You Need To Hear

Another week, another list of Friday music releases. The week's of 2018 are dwindling, but there is a little more time left for some last-minute music releases. From Gucci Mane, to XXXTentacion, and Ice Cube, here are the albums and singles that you need to hear.

Gucci Mane – Evil Genius

Gucci Mane's 13th studio album is here. The rapper dropped his new project, Evil Genius, featuring an all-star list of talent, including, Quavo, Kevin Gates, Lil Skies and 21 Savage. The LP also features production by Metro Boomin, Murda Beatz and Southside.

The latest music drop marks the perfect finish to an eventful year for Guwop. He previously dropped DropTopWop, Mr. Davis, and El Gato The Human Glacier this year. Even so, the rapper suggested that he wants to make a bang with Evil Genius.

"I think this time, this album was like the first time I kind of had more fun making the records," he said during an interview with Beats 1. "With the intentions of just going in the studio and just had fun and this is what came out. But before, I was kind of going and expressing myself, talking through the mic, like I had a lot of my chest. This album was like, let's find the best beat, make the best song and put it out."

XXXTentacion – Skins

In celebration of XXXTentacion's posthumous album, Skins, his estate and friends through a livestreamed event at 9p.m. EST, featuring Trippie Redd, PnB Rock, Ski Mask the Slump God, Matt Ox and more.

There has been quite a bit of buzz surrounding the late rapper's new release. It's his first since his death in June 2018. The album features only one guest appearance from Kanye West. On the track, which is entitled "On Minute," Ye reportedly addressed abuse allegations brought against X. In support of the album, Kanye also released a Yeezy capsule collection, commemorating their single.

Since X's death he has been regarded as a young legend, gone too soon. His sophomore album ?  peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Listen to Skins below.

Ice Cube – Everythang's Corrupt

Ice Cube is make with Everythang's Corrupt. The album's only feature is OG rapper Too $hort.

Cube already got fan excited after released the one of the LP's single "Arrest the President." The track takes aim at President Trump's corruption and racist policies. The album's cover art features Cube holding a 100-dollar bill in his bloodied hands.

Everythang's Corrupt is Cube's tenth studio album and his first in eight years. It's a follow-up to 2010's I Am the West.

Sneakk Ft. YG & Tyga – "Spray"

New artist Sneak has joind forces with YG and Tyga to bring their new banger "Spray." It's Sneakk's first track released through Def Jam. The single definitely sounds like the new stripper anthem or the perfect track to ride down the block to.

Ahead of the single's release, the rapper's shared a teaser on social media featuring a behind the scenes look at their music video.

Michelle Williams – "Fearless"

Michelle Williams is back. The songstress – best known as a member of the popular girls group Destiny's Child – recently dropped a new solo record entitled "Fearless."

The pop record is an inspirational anthem, encouraging fans to face their fears and chase their dreams. This is a huge moment for Williams, as it is her first single in nearly four years. It also follows an overwhelming year for the singer, who got engaged in Apr. 2018, as well as publicly revealed her battle with depression and mental illness.

Listen to the new track below.

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Noname Tells A Tale Of Black Boy Plight In 'Blaxploitation' Visual

Noname's first music video is better than expected as the artist takes on the topics of dangerous implicit biases toward young men of color.

On Tuesday (Dec. 4), the Chicago rapper/poet released "Blaxploitation," a standout from her critically acclaimed album, Room 25. Directed by Alex Lill (Sampha, Joey Bada$$,  Lil Yachty) and written by Noname, the short film includes homages to Blaxploitation films of the 70s through its the style of multiple frames at once as a toddler wrecks havoc on a small-scale version of Chicago.

The music video gives the metaphorical message of how the black boy is criminalized from the beginning of his life. Even in the joy of imagination, his existence is subjected to a criminal or as the townspeople deem him: a monster baby.

The 27-year-old singer will continue riding high off the critically and streaming success of her debut album Room 25 as she will embark on a 37-city trek across the country and Canada.

The Room 25 tour kicks off in Detriot on Jan. 2nd. Dates can be found here.

READ MORE: Noname To Replace ‘Room 25’ Album Art After Designer Abuse Accusations

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