"5 Minutes" is the debut single performed by AmericanR&B vocalist, Lil' Mo. The song features production and guest vocals by frequent collaborator Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott and originally served as the lead single from the original soundtrack of Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998). However, because it was ignored by American mainstream radio outlets, the song was instead released as the soundtrack's first international single while contenders "I Want You Back" and "No Fool No More" were chosen in its place as a leading single.
The song met generally favorable reviews. Craig Seymour of SPIN Magazine reviewed the song as being "quirky," and even referenced its underperformance in the United States, stating: "If you slept on '5 Minutes,' you missed one of 1998's most badass singles."AllMusic contributor Stephen Thomas Erlewine praised the song for it being a "great moment to make [Why Do Fools Fall in Love] a first-rate urban contemporary and hip-hop soundtrack."
A music video for the single was directed by Rashidi Natara Harper in New York and premiered on The Box in mid-July 1998. In spite of the single's non-charting performance in the US, the music video received frequent airplay on BET and College Television Network.
The video begins with a toddler riding her bike in a neighborhood in an opposite angle from a paper-machete alien strolling down the street. The video then cuts to Missy Elliott who is sitting in an open-trunk of a vehicle while performing her adlibs. Lil' Mo is then shown singing her verses while sitting in a blue chair in a front yard. The video then transitions to Mo picking up her girlfriends and riding in a car to meet up with the song's antagonist in an attempt to settle a feud. During the song's bridge, Mo and her girls are seen fighting with the antagonist. By the latter, Mo and accompanying backup dancers are caught in a still frame while the video intercuts with paper-machete aliens dancing with Missy, who is dressed in a Scottish attire.