Russ Releases New Song “Are You Entertained” featuring Ed Sheeran
- Atlanta-based rapper Russell Vitale, aka Russ released a new song “Are You Entertained” along with a music video on July 22, 2022.
This time, he teamed up with British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran on the track.
In past, Russ sampled Ed Sheeran's 2014 song “We Should All Burn Together”. But this marks the first time Russ and Ed Sheeran have officially worked together.
The track was written by Russell Vitale, Fred Gibson and Ed Sheeran. Produced by FRED. The accompanying video was directed by Jake Nava.
Russ shared, “I'm so grateful for this moment. I walked up to Ed at a restaurant (Carbone) and assumed he didn't know who I was. Just wanted to introduce myself and say what's up. Next thing I know I'm eating pasta and drinking wine at his table talkin bout everything. Fast forward and we had this song and we wanted to shoot a video to it so he introduced me to Jamal Edwards, a brilliant visionary and special soul who wrote the treatment for the video. We went back and forth on ideas and we were all super excited. The day before we were supposed to fly out to London we got the tragic news that Jamal had passed away. I had never met Jamal other than those emails but I can tell he was a special person. The way Ed, Jamal's mother Brenda, his sister Tanisha, the director Jake Nava, the producer Ali and everyone else who worked on this rallied together and still wanted to make Jamal's vision come to life, showed the impact he had. All I wanted to do was make sure I did my part in facilitating making his exact treatment come to life. I'm just beyond grateful that all of y'all let me be apart of something so special. Special thank you to everyone who made this happen and thank you to Brenda Edwards for being such a warrior of love and light. RIP Jamal Edwards”
- Ed Sheeran shared on social media, “I was having dinner in New York in December when Russs came up to my table, I was a fan so we just sat and ate pasta and drink wine together. A few days later I sent him the rough idea for this song, the same day he emailed me back with it finished, which I loved. He said we should do a video, so I hit up Jamal Edwards, knowing that he would create something incredible for us. Jamal then planned it out for the next couple of months, sending me locations, ideas, cameos, trying to make it the best video any of us could make. We were meant to shoot in February, but the day before Russ flew out, Jamal tragically died. Our whole world was upside down, and I had to cancel and just tell Russ it wasn't happening, but he was so so understanding, to a level il never forget. Jamals mum Brenda Edwards and sister Tanisha, a few weeks later said we should still try and make Jamals vision come to life, so with the help of his amazing production team at RadicalMedia and Jake Nava directing, we shot it. I felt so sad on the day, but very proud. I wish Jam was here to see it, I wish we'd done it together, but he would be buzzing how all his people came together and brought his vision to life. Russ, thanks for being such an amazing human, and thank you to everyone who made this video happen. Jamal lives on forever. Are you entertained out now x”
- source : Apple Music