Adrian Marcel may be R&B veteran Raphael Saadiq’s protégé, but the Oakland-raised artist makes sure he sets himself apart with his debut mixtape 7 Days Of Weak.
The tape is 15 tracks of original songs, all of which chronicle life as a young man; women, relationships, and the reactions he would get as a newly-signed artist. Raphael Saadiq cosigns the set on the intro, and “Killa” uses a sample of fellow Oaklandites Luniz’s 1995 hit “I Got 5 On It,” translating it to a base line of seduction to advertise his bedroom skills. On the laid back “I’m Still,” Marcel promises to stay humble amid people’s changing attitudes towards his rising success. The soulful “My Life” grooves to the feeling of finally feeling what real love is all about, and “Don’t Disturb This Groove (Remix)” takes The System’s 1987 hit and takes it through a swaggy, Marvin Gaye-sounding metamorphosis that you literally wouldn’t want to interrupt.
Witness Adrian Marcel’s budding artistry on the debut set 7 Days Of Weak: