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Uh, David, Thanks for joining us.
We're interviewing me.
Jordan were interviewing rapper and former Giant David David.
How you want on this fine evening? I'm great, man.
Ain't glad to be here, Have you? Here as well as well as Jordan.
Question I'd like to ask is who is your favorite NFL player going up.
And you know what was your favorite team or any outside or inside inspirations? Yeah, as far as football, I had a lot of, you know, favorite athletes that I like to keep up with.
Bo Jackson was one that really stood out to me because person tell he waas So I really looked up to him.
A swell as a lot of running backs.
And then, like Michael Vick, banned from Virginia and having an impact as he did on the NFL, I really love keeping up with him is Well, yeah, as far as Bo Jackson goes with the versatility, Obviously you're very versatile, guy I know made a couple of runs at the Olympics.
Also, your music career obviously just taken off s Oh, I see the similarities there.
Obviously, he was a dual sport athlete um, so I just want to start it off Where it all But again, Before you made the jump to music, uh, coming out of college, you were a first round pick for the Giants.
Uh, I just wanted to ask, how did it feel to be drafted, uh, by such a famed or station, Especially the year after they won the Super Bowl? Man, it was like a dream come true being drafted in the first round.
That's something that I really like set a goal down and actually wrote down in my lifetime that I wanted to accomplish so working hard and my all my hard work paying off get to that point where I hit him Call my name on draft night You know, with the anticipation of just imagine, like having this goal that you want to be in the first round and being the last pick of the first round.
So it was that close, you know, to not happening.
But at the same time, the world champion New York Giants drafted me.
They trusted me to carry the load.
Eso that could be values as far as like, the hard work and trust that these Super Bowl coaches.
They know how to win.
And they know what it takes to win so they can identify athletes.
So then taking me with their first round pick.
That was an honor, right? And obviously, you were drafted by Coach Tom Coughlin.
Uh, I know Alex was curious to know about how it was with him.
Um, and he was old school gridiron, you know, straight up guy.
And he taught me a lot about football and about life, just his philosophies and being able to share that with him every day.
You know, Iron sharpens iron.
It's like Coughlin and the coaches who was, you know, who are the players in that locker room that we're really leaders to that team.
Even after the Super Bowl.
I remember Justin Tuck taking lead on the team, Eli Manning leading by example and and trail role, you know, being a vocal leader and, uh, taking charge in the locker room, playing with these guys and just having that energy, you know, it was he's, um So, obviously, after your NFL career was pretty short due to some heart breaking into injuries, Uh, so, how heartbroken were you and How angry were you in the immediate, uh, aftermath of the spinal stenosis? Uh, and the injuries that so to speak, ended your career.
Ultimately, that was definitely devastating to get their news.
Uh, you know, and from my perspective, I was only, like, just getting started.
I broke a lot of records.
This season I became a starting running back, the New York Giants, my sop****re season and then to just endure injury six games until my sop****re season as a starting running back for the New York Giants.
And then having that hope to come back and undergoing surgery, hoping that you could come back and doctors promising that you will be stronger than you left and that not happening or being the case.
That was definitely frustrating, but at the same time, I had to realize and pick up, get up, keep rolling and never give up and just just roll with the punches of life and find out what's next for David Wilson.
So I realized that I was David Wilson got in touch with my art side, and I started teaching myself different skill sets of life.
And amongst those, uh, e taught myself to produce speaks, composed music, writing lyrics on record.
So that's what led me to today. 2020.
Releasing my album off normal.
I just advise everybody Go check that out by searching David Wilson on their searching platform for music.
For sure, I actually listened to it, and I didn't know that you actually made all the beats.
Some of those were really cool, actually, a lot of layering and stuff like that.
Yeah, So I'm in my studio right now, and you know, everything you hear on that album is from me or any of my albums.
Got a Christmas album? I got another album called Rain, Those also searchable on Bondable along with other projects that I released.
But yeah, all the beats you here I make right here in the studio.
I just get everybody that wrong about me so they can hear it.
So first, when I started making beats, I was like getting it from YouTube to work with what I had nuclear while came or in front, and I realized it wasn't found that I was going for, and I wanted to be more of me versus this person that that person this, uh, combination of things.
I just wanted to flow from the heart and be heartfelt for me.
So what better way than to teach yourself how to write lyrics and make beats? That's what I write now, sort of.
I was gonna ask a different question, but I'm actually not curious.
Um, before the Kobe pandemic, did you have a place to go in your house to record or did you have a studio somewhere else that you could actually formulate all the stuff you do now? Yeah.
So in 2015 our first recorded a song and I was going to a studio.
And like I said, I went through the process of, like, learning and teaching myself and, you know, becoming more inclined as far as music.
And basically in 2017 that's when I started.
I built this studio in my own house in Atlanta, and I started teaching myself how to make beats and hooking up all these instruments and all these speakers and compressors and mix.
And basically, after I did all that, it was like probably a year or six months or so where I actually learned how to like, get sound to come out with a computer speakers based on all the programs that I was using.
And then after that shortly after that, I just start recording.
I haven't stopped since.
So we're still running now, transitioning a little bit back before joining us.
The next question transitioning back to you know, the days, the rehabbing for the retirement who led you through your rehab.
And even though you go back on the field again, who leads you through it? What teammates, what people in your life for people in your family led you and try to keep you in a positive motivation.
Yeah, So everybody around me.
So anybody around me, that's not, you know, actually advocating to the benefits of my life.
Or if I'm not advocating for the benefits of their life uh, you know, Then what do you around for? So basically everybody around me that I keep around me and my mom, my dad, my family, immediate family, Tom, you know, even friends from back home and my fans was also a part of that process.
Tweet me and B m and me and, you know, cheering on me to be back on the field and killing me.
They wanted to suggest as bad as I did.
So I fed off of that in the New York Giants.
Was behind me 100% trying to get me help me.
Like I said, it put me into the surgery, paid for everything for that to happen and send me through the rehab process that they felt were best.
But unfortunately, it didn't work out.
I was forced to retire.
So obviously going back to the album, obviously out now, far from normal.
Um, so I kind of had a dual question kind of goes hand in hand.
So first of all was obviously it was very different, but in a good way, different from what I heard.
So my first question is, who were your musical influences and who kind of influenced you in that direction to make sounds like that on that album on.
Then my second question was actually how long in the making from start to finish? Did it take you to record? Yeah.
So, basically, when I listen to music, you know, I appreciate people that present their music and art form on people that can also incorporate positivity more so than negativity and their music lyrics.
Uh, because I stand for inspiration and motivation, positivity, love the main thing.
And when I listen to music, I look for those things.
So some of my favorite songs have all those tools in it.
Uh, I look at Kanye West as being different and presenting his music as an art form eso that inspired me when I was in freshman in high school, I was like he was one of my favorite artists and then also going along with being from Virginia for rail Williams, who makes a lot of positive music and, you know, not not necessarily expected, but at the same time, something different than positive, along with many other artists that inspired me along the way.
But those are the two that stand out right away, and not Kid Cutty is another one, and basically, with this album, I worked on it from 2000, uh, some of these songs on this album or from 2018 necessarily working on the album, then, uh, working on this album for 2018 just going through my song catalog.
Um, this album came about I created album Want work for a song that I made about two months ago? I would say, and I created album artwork.
Once I created album artwork, I was like, Man, this is just so futuristic and so like you know, at the same time, Vantage And, uh, that's when I knew I needed to make an album to match this album Artwork that I created.
I went back in my songs on my catalog, and I made a few other songs.
I probably had to make a record like eight more songs Get up.
I went through my catalog and just went through any other songs that I felt like I wanted to release at the moment that matched their picture and because the picture wasn't wasn't normal.
Okay, you got the burning bush and got me floating over the trees on fire and, you know, royalty with the hat.
So, like, I just felt like I needed to do that and then released the songs that I felt like match that album.
So basically this album comes from like songs from 2018 on in 2020.
Uh, basically, I made these songs on I Wanted to Be Raw and I wanted to be, uh, you know, an experience more so than just jamming out back to back.
It's more than experiencing is very versatile, and I wanted to have homes.
This album has no drama, so I have homes on the album I have, you know, yes, emotional songs.
I have party songs, turn songs, club music.
Hello, you name it, It's on there.
So basically, I wanted to put something on this album.
I feel like everything e covered all bases for somebody to find something they like on this album, far from normal, and also I named it Far from normal because it's not.
It's rare that I hear people use their own music and their own beats that they created from start to finish one album project and also, you know, writing the lyrics.
A lot of these artists, mainstream artists, have writers or they have composers that do the beach form, and then somebody else makes the album artwork.
Somebody else is like doing this and doing that, and there's a lot of working parts, but for me, it's just me right here in this room and just giving the world they're all about going back to your prior albums.
Maybe even, you know, your recent album.
Did you dedicate any lyrics or maybe even a song to what happened in your football career? Not even not even talking about, you know, the bad parts of the injury.
But you know the good parts of being part of a team and, you know, doing all the other stuff in the locker room and just having fun, you dedicate, like any part of that to maybe a song or a couple of lyrics.
Yeah, so I put the number four before your song, and that stands for like when I wore number four Virginia Tech.
Well, the SEC Player of the Year.
Uh, basically, with that four it stands for, uh, I want the listener to be boxed in.
So it's four sides to a box.
We're not necessarily about the square.
And, uh, I wanted them to be boxed in with me.
So I put the four and that's what that represents.
A kind of like plays off the sport of me wearing number four.
Number 22 2 plus two is four, and then also yeah, everything that influenced me throughout my life is, uh you know, I incorporate in my expression and I talk a lot about not giving up and not stopping believing in yourself, believing that you can achieve what you set for yourself achieve, uh, staying strong and knowing what you want.
Eso I got a lot of lyrics that play off of that and play into that being disappoint.
Even when you hit disappointment, I feel like it's rock bottom.
You still have hope you could feel hurt.
You could feel hope.
And I say a lot of that kind of stuff on my album on.
Like I said, staying positive is the main thing, the same way I handle my injury and not being able to put football ever again.
You know, I kept going in my life and just, you know, took the optimistic approach.
Eso this next one is also kind of another double, uh, double question goes hand in hand.
So my first question is gonna be, uh, how is your relationship if there is any relationship at all? Still, today with the New York Giants, and how are they? If there is a relationship which I assume there is.
They're very stand up organization.
But if there is ah relationship, how are they supporting your music career and the further steps you're taking after your football career? And my second question is, uh, any of your past teammates who shows the most love who who do you feel has really followed you on the musical journey of past teammates? Yeah, so, basically, you gotta bleed blue once a giant, always a giant.
So I know if I've reached out, you know, there'll be more more than willing to help in the ways that they could.
Um, but I haven't really collab with New York Giants as far as my music.
Uh, but basically, as far as my teammates, you know, it's a lot of my teammates to still keep in touch with me and, uh, wish me well and support me on social media and stuff when they can.
And but I would say Rueben Randle, one of my closest friends.
Uh, so, yeah, we got drafted to the New York Giants together.
He was in my Web can.
You know, we even had kids.
Your kids play together, Uh, when we in the same city and stuff.
So, yeah, he always rocking with His Excellency here.
I remember Rubin back in the day with Eli.
Actually, I know you guys were from the same draft class.
Yeah, I think Ruben was drafted in the second round.
I'm pretty sure.
And then David was the first round.
And then on and on.
How do you have any questions? Let's see if they dio quick, but not to kill time.
But see if they have any questions real quick given about a minute or self.
Yeah, just his David, we're gonna have, uh, in the week.
Promoting the article is well, eso we'll send you over that link if you want. Check that out.
Yeah, I definitely want to read it.
And I tweeted and posted on my story and the higher if I could support that as well.
So I appreciate you all support me on my music journey.
I want to give you all a special thing.
Michelle, I wanna let you all know while we're waiting on my computer, I left my charger somewhere.
My computer's on 16% so we probably got, like, 10 more minutes also, but if they cut off.
Any reason that that was what? I'm sorry.
You happen to watch the Giants game at all today? I missed it.
Me and my dad was working on a project, so I got a recorded, so I'm gonna check it out right after this.
So big stuff happened after the game? Actually, Yeah.
I don't want you don't want to spoil it.
You wanna talk about I mean, I don't want to spoil it because you have a recorded, but it would probably be The recorded version would probably not show it.
Golden Tate and Jalen Ramsey got into a scrum after the game.
Like after, like, handshaking and everything. Yeah.
Yeah, after that and everything.
Uh, e g from what I saw on social media Got pretty ugly.
Got pretty ugly.
There will probably be on my timeline.
I gotta check it out.
Everybody cool that they've got to keep it cool.
I mean, I get, you know, Tates frustration, and everybody's been talking about this, you know, if since a year ago with anyone doesn't know the story.
But I think on the field you do have to keep your cool.
And there was one of the reception's, actually, I mean, I'm not gonna spoil the whole thing, but where, Like, Ramsey definitely took Tate and laid him out on a reception.
I I don't remember which exactly play, but, you know, Ramsey just laid him out after.
And then there was a couple of churches, but the big stuff came back at the end of the game.
Hope they get it together.
We can get on the Winter street.
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All least we've got the, you know, most of questions to well, over discussion.
And they were like, Thank you for coming on, man, for sure.
Appreciate the support.
Keep keep motivate.
You keep going with the rapid career, man, you're going to get somewhere.