“For the first time in my life, Smallz, I’m proud. Like, I’m proud of myself, dude.”
For some time now, fans of David Banner have been anxiously awaiting his album “The God Box,” especially after the year he’s had on social media. In the past few months we’ve watched as Banner explained what needs to be done in hip-hop for the Black community while also addressing the plight of police brutality. With “The God Box, ” David Banner wants to make sure he covers every topic that should be addressed, which is why he feels it’s “one of the best hip-hop albums ever.”
While trying to shorten the number of tracks on “The God Box” to 13 (because he’s “always been spiritually connected to the number”), the rapping activist is also making note of the changes being made in the hip-hop genre. “We gotta push hip-hop to another level ’cause I’m even watching lyrically – the White boys are getting more and more lyrical and we[‘re] basically mumbling,” David expresses. For that reason, he’s not “just not gon[na] throw some s*** together.” “I’ll push it all the way back. Or pull a Dr. Dre before I put some bulls*** out,” he tells DJ Smallz. “Ima be honest with you, I’m trying to do like Akon doing. Like, I’m trying to provide energy and water – I’m trying to change the situation of Black people globally. This music s*** ain’t nothing but words and beats.”
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Real words from Banner.
During a hiatus from the rap game, entertainer David Banner pursued an acting career and appeared in several films before realizing the unsettling reality of it all. “Why [do] I always gotta drive a Black Escalade and just get out of jail?,” he asks of the “thug roles” he was given time and time again. “Is that all Black people are good for?”
New heat from Banner.
Check out this revealing interview with David Banner where he discusses a whole range of issues including not making any apologies for being ‘pro-black’.
Interviewed by Dani Jackson
I was honored to Kick Off the Conversation on building community with rapper, actor, producer and activist, David Banner. The Mississippi native, who recently appeared in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and will appear in Ride Along with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in January, shares his perspective healing Black communities.
David Banner recently discussed the effects of the Iraq war, speaking on the number of soldier suicides.
The rapper-turned-actor said recently spending time overseas made him realize the seriousness of war.
“That experience changed my life,” Banner said in an interview. “There are troops who are experiencing situations we couldn’t imagine…Things are really hard over there and the Bush Administration really tried to hide the real number of suicides in the Iraq War. There have been multiple thousands of suicides. And I don’t personally agree with the war, but that has nothing to do with supporting the people who are putting their life on the line, or dying over there or fighting that war. They feel like people have forgotten about them.” (Hip Hop DX)
Banner was selected by the United States Organizations (USO) earlier this year to perform for troops in the Persian Gulf in 2009.
The performances are part of a week-long USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour, in which Banner will visit several military posts. “There’s nothing I enjoy more than giving back and expressing my thanks to those serving our nation,” Banner said in the release. “I am honored to travel with the USO and feel privileged to do what I do everyday. Regardless of your political affiliation or viewpoint on the war, our soldiers work hard and have paved the way to where we are today.” (The Clarion-Ledger) Continue reading
David Banner speaks on the music industry. Not for the faint of heart, but still Real Talk.
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D. Banner goes HULK on this one