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David Banner is a Jackson, Mississippi-raised rapper who started in the duo Crooked Lettaz, but first came to most peoples’ attention with his 2003 solo hit “Like A Pimp,” and the record that contained it, Mississippi: The Album. That LP, which also contained the hit “Cadillac on 22’s,” cemented Banner’s name and style in the minds of rap fans nationwide.

But there’s a whole lot more to Banner than a couple of hits. He is an accomplished producer who has made beats for T.I., Trick Daddy, RZA, and Lil Wayne. He’s also an actor who has been in the films Black Snake Moan and This Christmas. He has even recently hit the lecture circuit with his “God Box Lecture Series.” But most importantly, he has continued to challenge himself and his listeners with thoughtful, important music. His new album The God Box is coming soon.

Tracks featured in this episode:

  1. Crooked Lettaz, “South’s On My Mind”
  2. Crooked Lettaz, “Daydreamin’”
  3. Crooked Lettaz, “Tupelo”
  4. Hip Hop Awards: David Banner, King Los, Treach and More Body the Cypher [EXPLICIT]
  5. David Banner “Black Fist” Feat. Tito Lopez (WSHH Exclusive - Official Music Video)
  6. Crooked Lettaz f/J Da Groove, “Chicken & Swine”
  7. Mr. Lif, “Home of the Brave”
  8. Crooked Lettaz, “Pimp Shit”
  9. Crooked Lettaz, “Trill”
  10. Crooked Lettaz f/J Da Groove, “Chicken & Swine”
  11. Crooked Lettaz, “Grey Skies”
  12. David Banner & 9th Wonder, “Diamonds on My Pinky”
  13. Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, “Push That N——, Push That H—”
  14. David Banner, “Eulogy” (Feat. Polow, Bizzar, Fiend, Kamikaze, Bone Crusher, J Da Groova & Bohagon)
  15. Tela, “Sho Nuff”
  16. David Banner f/Lil Jon, “Might Getcha”
  17. 8Ball f/Diddy, “Stop Playin’ Games”
  18. The Cipher Episode 158: Nice & Smooth
  19. A Tribe Called Quest, “Electric Relaxation”
  20. David Banner f/Chris Brown & Yung Joc, “Get Like Me”
  21. Xzibit f/Wiz Khalifa, David Banner, & Brevi, “Enjoy the Night”
  22. Fiend f/David Banner, “If I Had A Choice”
  23. Trick Daddy, “Thug Holiday”
  24. Scorpions, “They Need a Million”
  25. Extreme, “More Than Words”
  26. Devin The Dude, “Just Tryin to Live”
  27. T.I., “Rubber Band Man”
  28. Rest In Peace Prince - Southern University Marching Band
  29. Mannie Fresh f/Birdman, “Go With Me”
  30. RZA as Bobby Digital, “Straight Up The Block”
  31. Jay Z, “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”
  32. RZA as Bobby Digital, “Straight Up The Block”
  33. RZA, “Grits”
  34. Quincy Jones, “Give Me The Night (Feat. Jamie Foxx)”
  35. Maroon 5 f/David Banner, “Wake Up Call - David Banner Remix”
  36. Gatorade Commercial Soccer World Cup Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo
  37. Benz | Estelle, David Banner & Daley
  38. David Banner f/Ernestin Johnson, “Evil Knievil”
  39. Lecrae, “Let It Whip ft. Paul Wall (Prod. by David Banner & Hector Delgado)”
  40. David Banner f/Coke Bumaye, Tito Lo, & Big K.R.I.T., “Pain”
  41. RICHARD PRYOR - 1974 - Standup Comedy
  42. Katt Williams- weed
  43. David Banner f/Coke Bumaye, Tito Lo, & Big K.R.I.T., “Pain”
  44. David Banner f/Ernestin Johnson, “Evil Knievil”
  45. David Banner f/Tito Lo, “Black Fist”

Show notes:

  1. Crooked Lettaz in The Source’s “Unsigned Hype” column, June 1996 via Cocaine Blunts
  2. Leicester Mercury, “Village youngsters set to be banned from gathering in groups of five or more”
  3. Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, “Dangerous associations: Joint enterprise, gangs and racism”
  5. WhuDat, “Rza What? Rza Wu on Southern Hip-Hop’s Domination”
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