GoldLink Drops Eerie Visual For "Got Friends" Featuring Miguel

The video drops just in time for Halloween.

GoldLink and Miguel dropped the official music video for "Got Friends" on Wednesday (Sept. 26). Directed by Christopher Sutton, the visual has been billed as a "short film," with the song only working to soundtrack the video.

Tapping Miguel for the hook, the video doesn't feature GoldLink at all. (Viewers only catch a quick glimpse of the DMV come-up on a fleeting "Missing" poster.) The cinematic video takes an supernatural turn when Miguel, his friends and their lady interests leave a crowded late-night diner for a supposed night out.

Posting a sneak peak on Instagram, director Christopher Sutton shared his inspiration for the video. "I wanted to do something different than a music video with this project by blending different cinematic styles and a surreal narrative to introduce a story that @goldlink is going to tell," he wrote. "You definitely have to think out of the box to appreciate this one and that’s where I want to be as a director - so fwm!"

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The Short film for @goldlink ft. @miguel - Got Friends is out now! I wanted to do something different than a music video with this project by blending different cinematic styles and a surreal narrative to introduce a story that @goldlink is going to tell . You definitely have to think out of the box to appreciate this one and that’s where I want to be as a director - so fwm! S/o to the cast! My leading ladies @realbriamyles @eenahsanairb @daysulanofficial Are beautiful and authentic + really rocked with me on set. @chipsheridan carried this shit and brought a layer of professionalism to set that thought me a lot.. and my nigga @jayson.aaron bout to be a star! The homies @jordanrock843 & @jordan.l.jones are hilarious af! I wish we could have put their outtakes in the credits. I appreciate you all and @miguel for trusting me even when you where rigged 20+ ft in the air. @psychofilms and crew were amazing on set and made this shit look beautiful. Producer: @camsanter DP: @davidbolendp Editor: @jaketorchin Prod. Coordinator: @yuliarudyak Production Designer: @ll_kul_jake 1st AD: @allminds 2nd AD: @nutty91 Stedicam: @steadiserg Colorist: @sderlug Gaffer: @hoiaroam1 Stunt Coordinator: @tellavisionstunts Makeup Artist: @hippiechiklifestyle Stylist: @_jannellehill PA: @will.tooke @dayum.ginaa Commisioner: @dannatakako S/o @hennyeqt , @goldlink @kazzlaidlaw & @ces.jesse for the opportunity + guidance and for rocking with me on this! Stay tuned for the next installment!

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GoldLink also posted on his IG, sharing a few behind-the-scenes clips. Even if he didn't make a cameo in the video, he was definitely there to overlook the whole thing.

 

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The track, which was released early this summer, follows GoldLink's debut studio LP At What Cost, which saw widespread success in 2017. Most recently, GoldLink dropped an EDM-inspired song "Loud" with Silk City and Desiigner. Check out the video up top.

READ MORE: Get A Double Dose Of GoldLink With His NPR Tiny Desk Concert And New Song, “Got Friends”

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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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Meek Mill Is Surrounded By His Day Ones In Visual For "Intro"

Self-proclaimed "Champion of the United States" and Philadelphia-bred rapper Meek Mill delivers the official music video for "Intro" on Monday (Dec. 10).

Directed by Kid Art, the three-minute visual frames Meek's mental state as he re-enters the rap game as he continues to battle the justice system as a young, black man. Presumably surrounded by those he considers family, "Intro" retrospectively takes a look at the 31-year-old's come up as a notable rapper out of North Philly.

Juxtaposing his current lifestyle with not-so-distant memories of the trenches, the video shuffles scenes of club confetti, bullet holes, poured out bottles of Ace of Spades and dirt bikes– a presumed nod to Meek's unjust jail sentence.

"Pouring champagne 'cause all my n***s dead/ If they ain't in the graveyard, then they in the feds/ I give a f**k if that crown heavy, put it on my head" spits Meek over the instrumental to Phil Collins' "In The Air."

Last week (Dec. 2) music engineers Young Guru and Anthony Cruz spoke to VIBE about Meek's choice to sample Collins' "In The Air Tonight" on the track, stating that "Meek had this vision" to flip the classic track since he first heard it in Paid In Full and was glad to finally make it happen in a standout fashion on "Intro."

If you haven't already, be sure to take a look at the official music video for "Intro" up top.

READ MORE: Young Guru And Anthony Cruz Discuss Engineering Meek Mill's 'Championships' Album

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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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