David Banner Biography

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Source: http://www.david-banner.com/
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The mere name Mississippi conjures up hideous images of racism, poverty, violence, and backwardness. It is the poorest state in the union and ranks at the bottom of education, unemployment and healthcare. However, despite these discouraging facts, but inevitably because of them, some of the greatest blues musicians such as BB King, Muddy Waters, and Robert Johnson have exceeded expectations there. Now, some decades later, DAVID BANNER is ready to be added to the list of great musicians spearheading the contemporary blues movement of hip hop.

On his sophomore release, MISSISSIPPI - THE ALBUM, DAVID BANNER examines the socio-economic conditions that exist in his home state. For instance the title track "Mississippi" explores everything from injustices in the State to injustices that exist within the country. The very laid back "Cadillac on 22's" explores the culture of Mississippi's spiritual side in a letter to God. God I know that we pimp, God I know that we wrong, God I know I should talk about more in all of my songs, I know theses kids are listening, I'm know I'm here for a mission, but its so hard to get 'em when 22 rims are glistening"

"I named my album Mississippi for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it would force people to say the name Mississippi, therefore they would have to remember us and not continue to count us out and second in our society Mississippi seems to be a synonym for the people that are down and out, the underdogs, hopefully with this album's success we'll be able to change the way people think about us," states Banner.

Staying true to his moniker of "DAVID BANNER," he totally flips the script with his first single the catchy upbeat blazer "Like A Pimp" featuring platinum-selling artist Lil' Flip. On the Lil' Jon produced crunked out joint "Might Getcha" BANNER starts a sonic riot issuing a stern warning to haters in the club.

MISSISSIPPI - THE ALBUM is produced by a host of talented track masters such as DAVID BANNER himself, Lil' Jon, Mixzo (Goodie Mobb), KLC of the Medicine Men -- Formerly of No Limit's Beats by the Pound (Ludacris) and Bread-N-Water (Tupac). The album features gold and platinum recording stars such as Lil' Jon, Pastor Troy, Lil' Flip, Jazzy Pha, and Too Short.

Although hitting the rap scene years before, BANNER made his mark in hip hop in 1996 when he formed the rap group Crooked Lettaz with a cross-town rival MC, Kamikaze. Soon after, they were signed to Tommy Boy Records and released their debut CD Grey Skies in 1999, a record primarily produced by BANNER. Grey Skies was critically acclaimed in the hip hop circles, The Source named it one of the ten most slept-on albums of '99, the group made RapPages' "About to Blow" column twice (unprecedented), and Murder Dog named it the best album of '99.

BANNER's debut album as a soloist, Them Firewater Boys Vol. 1 released in 2000 became one of the hottest underground albums in the South. He again garnered rave reviews with XXL magazine giving it a XL review and Murder Dog naming it one of the best albums of 2000. The record also put BANNER's production in high demand as top-notch artist around the country began to call on him for tracks. Most notably he produced Trick Daddy's title tune to his platinum-selling CD "Thug Holiday," two songs on Lil' Flips platinum-selling Underground Legend, and Devin Tha Dude's "Just Tryin' To Live." He has recently produced tracks for upcoming CD's from Nappy Roots, Snoop Dogg, Pastor Troy and Slim "Cutta" Calhoun.

This is the year that Mississippi steps to the plate and represents for hip hop and DAVID BANNER is leading the charge. "This is my year and most importantly, this is Mississippi's Year," Banner states boldly. "After this nothing will ever be the same. God Bless."

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Faith in the new generation | Reviewer: OldSchoolNewBeginning | 2/24/13

Hitting bottom now rising back to the top I search the internet for information that gives me hope and a positive outlook. Therefore when I found a interview with Mr. Banner from last year I had to check it out. I was elated to hear him speak about finding direction by giving God control and about we as a people taking control of our destiny by investing in ourselves. I consider myself blessed and hopeful that there is a new wave of leaders that can motivate the next generation to greatness, community cohesiveness, while reconizing our financial obligation to invest in the positiveness within our milieu and not getting caught up in the destraction. So, let's jump on board and take back the controller!

State representive Dist 11 | Reviewer: Efrem Elliott | 1/6/13

I would like to talk to you about your interview on 105 in N.Y. On april 5, 2012 You made some very good points about our culture and kids today . I would like to visit with you about some projects i have going on in Arkansas and kids I mentor.

Please contact me at 870-550-2433

thank u | Reviewer: taylor | 7/18/08

hey david banner this is taylor from what u most repp is that jacktown{jackson}u know i just wanted 2 stop by and say thank u 4 everything u doin theres r not many people who would speak of mississippi unless they were puttin us down now that we have someone like u more and more singers and rappers and old groups r stoping by here doing shows{bowwow,b2k,lil wayne,boosie,mya,and many many more}that be on tv doin shows like 1 time aj and free stop by at a old teen club and set it off up in there u kno and everytime somebody speak of use they WILL think of u and u will NEVER be 4gotten 2 me or any1 else in the (601)area{jackson,ms}.....much love thank u and god will bless u more and more everyday!!!

taylor your #1 or #2
fan ever:)

Hi | Reviewer: Sarah | 7/14/07

Hi David Banner this is Sarah and Brittney Reed from Coffeeeville MS.Coffeeville is a little town where there not to do or no where to go.It a lot of kids havin baby at a young age.U are someone that poeple in Missippi look up to.You u have not been down this way we are like a hour or two where u live in Jackson.Maybe one day u can stop by.

LET'S START FROM MISSISSIPPI AGAIN | Reviewer: MIKE-T | 6/23/07

I AM A PRODUCER TO OF NEVER-LESSrecords.
AN U KNOW WE NEED A HAND CAUSE WE IS GOING
IN&OUT OF THE SAMETHING U WENT IN&OUT OF.
NIGGA'S HATING IN OUR OWN STATE EVENDOR
U DO IT FOR THEM TO. MY GRANDMOTHER SHOP
YOUR CD MISSISSIPPI THE ALBUM FOR ME WHEN
I WAS 17YEARS OLD. I AM NOW 20 BUT I TELL
PEOPLE THAT IF IT WAS'NT FOR MY GRANDMOTHER
BUYING THAT CD I WOULD'NT UNDERSTAND SHIT.
THAT ALBUM HELP ME UNDERSTAND BETTER IN LIFE
CAUSE I KIND OF LOST MY HEAD A LIL BITE
CAUSE MY GRANDMOTHER DIED WHEN I WAS 17.
BUT ACE CREW TOOK ME IN AND I CAME OUT WITH
A ALBUM CALL(LET ME CHILL)WITH THE FLO-PRODUCTION & ACE CREWrecords.BUT THAT WAS IN 2003 NOW IT'S 2007. I KNOW EVERY LINE U SAID ON
MISSISSIPPI THE ALBUM LIKE NUMBER 7 & BOUNS TRACK NUMBER 19 BUT I CAN SPIT EVERY LINE ON THE
ALBUM. U HAVE A LOT OF FANS BUT THE BIGGEST ONES
IS IN MISSISSIPPI I DO IT FOR MY STATE. BUT I BE IN GA MOST OF THE TIME. BUT WHAT I AM SAYING IS U & BABY RAY & HURRICANE-FLO IS THE REAL ONES THAT TALT ME THIS SHIT & U THREE MADE A YOUNG KILLA ON THE BEATS & ON THAT RAPP SHIT. CAUSE I GOT MY OWN STUDIO NOW & WISH TO GET SIGN BY SRC UNIVERSAL WITH STEVE RIFKIND. LETS MAKE IT HAPPEN CAUSE IM NOT ANOTHER DICKRIDER JUST TELLING THE TRUTH CAUSE IT COMES FROM THE STRESS THE HURT THE PAIN & FROM U AN OUR STATE. SIGNINGOUT MIKE-T.AKA MIKE-TAZTIC.

Black N Bold | Reviewer: Sabrina | 1/22/06

David Banner has always been one of my favorite artists in the rap world. He believed in hisself that one day he will earn respect and continue to shine without anyone holding him down. It goes to show you that no matter where you came from or who you are, you can also make life worth living.

Doing His Thang... | Reviewer: Timesyia | 9/20/04

I saw a bio on David BAnner and I have a new found respect for him. He was homeless and he came from nothing to something. That shows you that yo do not have to have something in order to make it big.


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