David Banner

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David Banner
David Banner at FOB Brassfield-Mora 2009-01-26 3.jpg
Banner in January 2009, performing for American soldiers at FOB Brassfield-Mora, Iraq.
Background information
Birth name Lavell William Crump
Born (1974-04-11) April 11, 1974 (age 40)
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, record producer
Instruments Sampler, Keyboards
Years active 1996–present
Labels Big Face, SRC, Republic Records
Associated acts Akon, Crooked Lettaz, Lil Flip, Chris Brown, Yung Wun, 9th Wonder, Lil Wayne, Big K.R.I.T.
Website www.facebook.com/Davidbanner

Lavell William Crump (born April 11, 1974), better known by his stage name David Banner, is an American rapper, record producer, and occasional actor.

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Banner graduated from Southern University and pursued a masters of education at the University of Maryland. He started his music career as a member of the rap duo, Crooked Lettaz, before going solo in 2000 with the release titled Them Firewater Boyz, Vol. 1.

In 2003, Banner signed to Universal Records releasing four albums: Mississippi: The Album (2003), MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water (2004), Certified (2005), and The Greatest Story Ever Told (2008).

Early life[edit]

Lavell William Crump was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, the son of Zeno and Carolyn Crump. He graduated from Provine High School in Jackson in 1992 and then attended Southern University, his mother's alma mater.[1] At Southern, Crump served as president of the Student Government Association and received a bachelor's degree in business.[2] He attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to pursue a master's degree in education but later left the program to pursue his music career full-time.[3][4][5] His father Zeno died on June 17, 2007.[6]

Music career[edit]

Music beginnings[edit]

Crump's stage name "David Banner" is taken from the lead character of the television series, The Incredible Hulk.[7] With several of his friends, Banner sent some demo tapes to Jackson, Mississippi radio station, WJMI. In 1999, Banner and rapper Kamikaze as the duo, Crooked Lettaz, released Grey Skies (Penalty Recordings).[8]

2000: Independent career & Them Firewater Boyz, Vol. 1[edit]

In 2000, Banner released his solo debut album, Them Firewater Boyz, Vol. 1. Released on the independent label, Big Face Records, the album sold around 7,000 copies.[6] When the album's single, "Like a Pimp", became a radio hit, Banner began to attract major label interest.[9]

2003-04: Major-label debut, Mississippi: The Album & MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water[edit]

After assessing various offers, Banner and manager, Scott Johnson, decided to sign with Universal Records subsidiary, SRC Records, which was founded by Steve Rifkind who had previous success as CEO of the heavyweight hip-hop label, Loud Records.[9] In 2003, Banner released his first major label album, Mississippi: The Album. Mississippi included the hit single, "Like a Pimp", featuring Lil Flip. "Like a Pimp" peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, #15 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and #10 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart.[10] He released the follow-up album the same year titled MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water which yielded the hit, "Crank It Up", featuring Static Major.

2005: Certified[edit]

In 2005, Banner released his third major label album, Certified. The album's first single was "Ain't Got Nothing" which featured Magic & Lil Boosie, followed by the second single, "Play", which reached #7 on the Hot 100 chart, #5 on the R&B chart, and #3 on the Rap chart.[10] The third single, "Touching", featured Jazze Pha and reached #54 on the R&B chart.

2007-08: The Greatest Story Ever Told[edit]

On July 15, 2008, Banner released his fourth major label album, The Greatest Story Ever Told.[11] The album's first single titled "9mm" featured Akon, Lil Wayne, and Snoop Dogg. Banner then produced his next two singles: "Get Like Me" featuring Chris Brown and Yung Joc, "Get Like Me" reached #16 on the Hot 100, #7 on the R&B chart, and #2 on the Rap chart.[10] and "Shawty Say", featuring Lil Wayne.

2012-present: Sex, Drugs and Video Games & MTA3: The Trinity Movement[edit]

Banner released his debut mixtape titled Sex, Drugs and Video Games on May 22, 2012 as a free download.[12] It is also available on his website, davidbanner.com, where fans are encouraged to make a donation of at least $1 for the sixteen song mixtape.[13] The first single off the mixtape is titled "Amazing" featuring Chris Brown. It was announced that Universal Republic Records was going defunct, all of the artists on the roster moved from the label including (David Banner) was being moved to Republic Records making the label itself revived.

Featured projects[edit]

  • In 2003, Banner produced T.I.'s single, "Rubberband Man", which reached #30 on the Hot 100, #15 on the R&B chart, and #11 on the Rap chart.
  • In 2006, Banner appeared on "Seein' Thangs", a song about Hurricane Katrina featured on DJ Shadow's album "The Outsider". A remix featuring Bay Area hyphy rappers Nump and Gold also was made.

Film career[edit]

Banner played the part of Tehronne in Black Snake Moan. He has worked on the Adult Swim cartoon show That Crook'd 'Sipp, which premiered Sunday, May 13, 2007. His single "Play" was used as the background music in the pilot's first television promo. In 2007, he played the character of Mo, in the film This Christmas. Banner also starred as Jay, a gang leader from the hood in Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming. In 2010, he played Bosch in the film The Experiment. He has also worked with international artists such as Seeda, a Japanese Rap Artist where he was featured in the song, Life Song in 2010 on Seeda's Breathe Album. In 2013, David Banner appeared in the music video for the song Confe$$ions by Lecrae. Banner played Earl Gaines, Cecil Gaines' father, in the 2013 film The Butler. Banner plays Jay, a criminal who is interrogated in the 2013 film Ride Along.

Personal life[edit]

Activism[edit]

In November 2006, Banner was awarded a Visionary Award by the National Black Caucus of the State Legislature in recognition of his work after Hurricane Katrina.[15]

On September 25, 2007, Banner testified before Congress at a hearing about racism and misogyny in hip hop music titled From Imus to Industry: The Business of Stereotypes and Degrading Images.[16] He defended his use of offensive language and argued: "Change the situation in my neighborhood and maybe I'll get better."[16] In his opening statement, Banner stated: "I can admit there are some problems in hip hop but it is only a reflection of what's taking place in our society. Hip hop is sick because America is sick."[17]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Official mixtapes
Collaboration albums

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Black Snake Moan Tehronne
This Christmas Mo
Monk Snake the Assassin (TV) Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Rapper"
2008 Days of Wrath Kryme
Vapors Biz Markie
2010 The Experiment Bosch
The Confidant Daniel Jackson
Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming Jay
2013 "Confe$$ions" Millionaire Music video by Lecrae
The Butler Earl Gaines
2014 Ride Along Pawnshop Jay

Awards[edit]

  • BET Hip Hop Awards
    • 2008, Best Hip-Hop Video ("Get Like Me") with Chris Brown & Yung Joc [Nominated]
    • 2008, Best Hip-Hop Collabo ("Get Like Me") with Chris Brown & Yung Joc [Nominated]
    • 2008, Best Producer [Nominated]
  • Ozone Awards
    • 2008, Best Rap/R&B Collaboration ("Get Like Me"), featuring Chris Brown & Yung Joc [Nominated]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tough Questions for David Banner". Jackson Free Press. May 19, 2003. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ Houston, Danielle (August 10, 2006). "David Banner: He's a Business...Man!". Vibe. Archived from the original on April 22, 2008. 
  3. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (2003-07-15). "Banner Brings It". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 13, 2007. 
  4. ^ Patel, Joseph (2003-12-04). "David Banner To Send Five Lucky Fans To College". MTV News. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  5. ^ Davis, Dione (2008-09-23). "David Banner: Man On Fire". HHNLive.com. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  6. ^ a b "David Banner: Can't Tell Me Nothin'". XXL. July 30, 2007. Retrieved December 28, 2009. 
  7. ^ Bottomley, C (July 24, 2003). "David Banner: Mississippi Burning". VH1. Retrieved December 28, 2009. 
  8. ^ DaRonco, Mike. "Crooked Lettaz: Biography". allmusic. Retrieved December 28, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "Interview with Scott Johnson". HitQuarters. 10 Mar 2004. Retrieved 21 Dec 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c "David Banner: Charts & Awards: Billboard Singles". allmusic. Retrieved December 28, 2009. 
  11. ^ David Banner Releases the Greatest Story Ever Told
  12. ^ DatPiff: David Banner - Sex, Drugs & Video Games, May 22, 2012
  13. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9QMrfBKUB8
  14. ^ IGN: David Banner Invades Saints Row, August 22, 2006
  15. ^ WAPT: David Banner Speech (Video)
  16. ^ a b Abrams, Jim. "House Panel Debates Hip-Hop Lyrics". The Washington Post, September 25, 2011.
  17. ^ Leeds, Jeff (2007-09-26). "Hearing Focuses on Language and Violence in Rap Music". The New York Times. 

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