"Play" - New Single Out 6th Feb
Sharing the same name as The Incredible Hulk, and if you've witnessed his live performances you'll appreciate the similarities, and purveyor in chief of the downright filthy Mississippi sound, David Banner marks his UK recording debut with the release on February 6th of his new single "Play". "Play" is taken from Banner's soon to be released new album "Certified", and the single's accompanying video will give you a good indication as to where Banner's at, ie all over the placeÃ¢Â€Â¦but in a good way.
Click here to watch video for David Banner's new single 'Play'
For David Banner there is no alternative. The ambitious rap trailblazer continues to represent his beloved Mississippi with a pride and ferocity that has made the rapper/producer one of hip-hop's most intriguing and in-demand talents. Who would have guessed that a troubled yet energetic kid from Jackson, Mississippi would single-handedly carry a depressed state known as the epitome of Southern racism and poverty into a respected source of hip hop music?
Indeed, Mr. Mississippi has gone beyond his credentials as one of the new breed leaders of the Southern hip-hop movement to becoming a multi-faceted force to be reckoned with. Banner's culmination as an influential powerbroker in the music industry can be heard throughout on his third release Certified. This set finds the gruff-voiced visionary expanding on his potent mix of street anthems and politically charged rebel music. But even more noteworthy is Banner's willingness to collaborate with a wide range of rap artists that include standouts Twista, Talib Kweli, dead prez and Lil' Jon. Certified more than finds the lofty BannerÃ¢Â€Â”who handles the majority of the production dutiesÃ¢Â€Â”a man of his word.
For David Banner the marriage between the sacred and the profane has always played a huge role in his work. The man has long committed himself to serving his communityÃ¢Â€Â”as evident by his personally-funded college scholarship program which in late 2004 awarded five David Banner fans each $10, 0000. Whatever his methods, Banner is still the same ambitious kid who dared to dream of rap super stardom even amongst the disheartening racism, poverty and gang violence of his home state of Mississippi. It was an older cousin from the North that first put a 12-year-old Banner on to the 1987 sounds of New York innovators Stetsasonic, T La Rock, and Mantronix. By 16, he was cultivating his production techniques on a Casio keyboard sampler and finding inspiration from everyone from NWA and A Tribe Called Quest to Southern rap giants The Geto Boys, UGK and Outkast. More than decade later, as a member of the Mississippi rhyme duo Crooked Lettaz, Banner would become part of the dirty south revolution, releasing the critically lauded and criminally slept-on Tommy Boy Records debut Grey Skies (1999). A year later, Them Firewater Boys Vol. 1, his defiant introduction as a soloist, saw Banner become the hottest underground artist in the country as both XXL magazine and Murder Dog named it one of the best albums of the year.
Soon the major labels were knocking on Banner's door, sparking off a bidding-war. When legendary music executive Steve Rifkind (Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Three-6 Mafia) signed the self-contained Banner and his b.i.G.f.a.c.e. Entertainment imprint to Rifkind's SRC label, the music industry soon took notice.
Of course, for the ever-evolving David Banner, there's more to come following the release of Certified. 2004 found Banner holding down correspondent duties for MTV News in which he showed the hideous living and social conditions of Mississippi ghettos during the Presidential Elections. He's also in negotiations with the Cartoon Network for the development of a character that will be based on his likeness in addition to taking acting classes in Los Angeles and is finishing up a movie script.
Having recently produced tracks for Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Nelly, Lil' Flip and Juelz Santana, the crooked letter producer/MC/writer shows no signs of slowing down. Mississippi and David Banner is here to stay.
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