There are many rappers that hide behind their positivity. They are supposed to be conscious (whatever the hell that means) but if given the chance, or if they were believable at it, they’d much rather chase skirts and get money. I never found David Banner to be one of those people. While I don’t always agree with what he has to say, he is not a pussy and he stands ready to stick by what he says for the most part. He has made money in this game, he’s frank and he has an actual opinion.
As time has gone on , and the major label system takes on repeated hits, with continuously shrinking margins, we still see rappers with their pants around their ankles and no Vaseline, singing crazy deals that will only leave them on some T-Boz shit (somewhere, guys on the passenger sides of their best friends’ rides rejoice in karmic payback). Banner, at his heart a hustler, and we mean that in a good way, has decided to test the market on a real level and see whether or not he can give community organization 2.0 a legitimate go. He dropped an album, Sex, Drugs & Video Games that you can get free (review coming shortly) but asks that everyone that downloads the album contribute one dollar in an effort to collect two million overall.
The mission is twofold. On one level he wants to demonstrate to both rappers and major labels, the still strong power of the Black consumer. You don’t have to do hoe shit or give your music away in order to win. Secondly, he wants to galvanize those two million consumers and marshal them into a collective bloc that would collective provide strength in numbers when it comes to issues that should be relevant to Black society at large and the overall urban community in general. He’s made the rounds in his attempt to get eyes and ears on him for this effort. We’re one interview of many but we’ve tried to ask probing questions and get to the heart of what his mission is.
Yeah we asked about Kreayshawn. And about Black men letting their white homies call them niggers. And about Southern Hip-Hop and how it changed from its indie beginnings to major label dominance, and how that integration crippled the mom and pop system that supported them for so long. Why do Black people vote Democrat by default? What does any of that have to do with Ultimate Spider-Man. Missed out on that? We got that covered and much much more. Planet Ill gets real with Banner. Get comfortable. Peace.
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