Weeks after giving birth to her second child with Russell Wilson, Ciara released her new song, “Rooted”, with a powerful music video celebrating Black excellence.
After over a year of craving new music from the singer, Ciara finally decided to let her hair down and give fans what they’ve been longing for.
The “Melanin” hitmaker just dropped “Rooted,” a song featuring singing/acting sensation Ester Dean, on August 12, which also arrived with a powerful music video paying tribute to the Black culture.
Both the music video and lyrics celebrate “Black excellence,” which Ciara proudly sings about in her empowering anthem. “All my songs come with melanin / Got the heart, got the soul like Harriet.”
The singer sings as the music video shows images of traditional Black hairstyles and clips of Black mothers with their children.
“Rooted” is also a rallying cry for her fans to “keep marching” in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, and Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was shot and killed by Louisville police officers who barged into her apartment on a “no-knock” search warrant.
Both George and Breonna’s faces are featured in the music video, as Ciara, along with the other guests in her music video, raise their fists in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Rooted” is Ciara’s first new song since releasing “Melanin,” a track that featured City Girls, Lupita Nyong’o, LaLa Anthony and Ester Dean, in November 2019, the same year she released her seventh studio album, Beauty Marks.
She announced the track hours before its release by posting an image of her, still-pregnant with Win, reclining on a Rattan chair, with both her other children: Future Zahir Wilburn, 6, and Sienna Wilson, 3, by her sides.
While the announcement seemingly came out of nowhere, certain fans weren’t caught off guard. Some of Ciara’s followers suspected something was cooking because right before she gave birth, she posted a trio of social media posts, all with the “#rooted” hashtag.