Ciara and Russell Wilson’s relationship has been a hot topic of conversation – the good, the bad and the ugly – for years. Last month, they had tongues wagging once again when they went to the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party. CiCi wore a jaw-dropping, see-through mesh gown that sent some folks into a tizzy. She had a message for the haters in her video for “Da Girls” where the infamous dress made a cameo, but her husband is the strong silent type, so he’s been mum about the controversy. Anthony David, however, has got something to say and comes through to provide a man’s perspective on his new single “Russell Wilson,” which we’re bringing to you in a SoulBounce Exclusive World Premiere.
Aptly named after the star quarterback, the song doesn’t even mention Russ by name or Ciara for that matter. Anthony David found inspiration for the track from the gorgeous couple and all the public scrutiny their relationship receives. As it turns out, “Russell Wilson” is actually a song he wrote years ago, and he was triggered to finally release it from his vault.
“Watching the conversation that weekend surrounding Russell and Ciara, it fit,” Anthony exclusively shared with us about the track. “I wrote this about them years ahead of this situation and even used Afrobeat way ahead of its current popularity. I’m a prophet,” the “4evermore” singer-songwriter said, only half-joking.
Produced by Eddie Stokes, “Russell Wilson” rides an Afrobeat wave with an original groove crafted to make your body move. The breezy sound bed is the perfect foundation for Anthony David’s raspy swagger and confident lyrics. He takes on the role of a man secure with his beautiful lady and all the attention she gets when they step out together.
“You can look at her (Watch) / No, I’m not bothered (Nah),” he sings on the first verse about his woman who makes the men all pause before making a few things clear. “You can admire, but you better not touch her / You can just watch her, mmm, worship her / The bottle you bought her, we gon drink it together,” he croons, with a knowing head nod, wink and smile, the epitome of unbothered.
“Russell Wilson” has entered the Song of Summer 2023 chat and is just waiting to become a TikTok challenge. This release signals Anthony David’s first release on his own imprint SoupSandwich Music. Although we can’t wait to hear what he’s got coming next, we’re reveling in “Russell Wilson” right now. Listen to the song in full below and set off your playlists and collections with it on all digital music services.
Anthony David’s fans in New York City can be the first to hear this song performed live later this month. He’ll be debuting it during The Part Of My Life Party sponsored by 23andMe at The Penthouse @ Stepping Out Studios on Tuesday, April 25th. The event will be an interactive party also featuring Atlanta’s DJ Popo and special guests, and it is free to attend with RSVP.