"Soldier" is a song by American girl group Destiny's Child, featuring American rappers T. and Lil Wayne, from Destiny's Child's fourth studio album Destiny Fulfilled (2004).Columbia Records released "Soldier" as the second single from Destiny Fulfilled on December 7, 2004.A commercial success, "Soldier" peaked within the top-five in six European countries and in Australia, further being certified Gold in the latter region.
Having spent a total of ten weeks on that chart, of which four were in the top ten, it fell off on May 13.
In Australia, "Soldier" debuted and peaked at number three on the ARIA Singles Chart on February 20, 2005.
The trio, Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, co-wrote the song with Sean Garrett and Rich Harrison; the latter co-produced it with Knowles.
A Southern hip hop mid-tempo song, it lyrically describes each member's favorite type of male love interest.
The band performed "Soldier" on several televised appearances in 20 and included it on the set list of their final tour Destiny Fulfilled... Both Beyoncé and Rowland performed the song during their solo tours after Destiny's Child's disbandment.
The song was sampled in many songs by different artists, most notably by Nelly on his single "Grillz" (2005).
The black-and-white music video directed by Ray Kay featured cameo appearances by several rappers and singers.
It was nominated at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards under the category of Best Group Video.
The video opens with Destiny's Child walking between two rows of males interwined with close-up shots of each member's face. As the song progresses, the members are seen dancing along with the males in the background who also pose for the camera.
During the middle of the video, the girls are seen walking with leashed dogs in their hands and Lil Wayne appears rapping his part afterwards.
Moss further elaborated, "Albeit minor, her [Beyoncé's] verse (about falling for a guy from the BK, as in Jay's Brooklyn stomping grounds) offers a rare moment of commentary on the couple, which has thus far only been chronicled by tabloid photographers." Similarly, Alex Mac Pherson of Stylus Magazine wrote in his review that "[The album] shoots its load quickly, although just as effectively: 'Lose My Breath' and 'Soldier' are stunning, both displaying the Beyoncé trademark of creepily submissive lyrics matched with dominatrix vocals and arrangements to superb effect." The New York Times writer Kelefa Sanneh described the track as part of the album's "lovable" material and went on saying, "[it] takes a ludicrous premise... "'Soldier' might not carry with it the shock of the new, but it's still a nice little single... and Lil Wayne stop by, not saying anything but sounding cool and tough and unflappable doing it.