David Banner speaks on cultural appropriation, calls Hip Hop embarrassing.
David Banner’s upcoming album, The God Box and the current state of Hip Hop were one of a handful of topics discussed during his newly-released interview with Vlad TV.
During his conversation, the Mississippi rapper dubbed The God Box one of the best Hip Hop albums of all time. He also revealed that a top rapper from the South gave his album heavy praise, but informed him that he won’t receive the credit he deserves for the project.
Banner also criticized the current state of Hip Hop, calling it embarrassing.
“I have a new album that’s called The God Box,” David Banner said. “The God Box is going to be one of the best Hip Hop albums of all time. I had a rapper listen to my album, who’s from the South. He’s one of the top Hip Hop artists out today. He said ‘Banner, no matter what you do, Hip Hop is not going to give it to you.’ He said ‘It’s one of the best albums I ever heard in my whole entire life.’ Not just in recent Hip Hop history, but in Hip Hop period…Hip Hop say they want something better. Well, it’s here…What’s going on in Hip Hop right now is embarrassing, dude.”
The Southern wordsmith also touched on a handful of political issues and current events. He questioned why selling marijuana is legal in some states, while there are still black people in jail on marijuana charges.
Banner later offered his thoughts on those quick to bring up black-on-black crime.
“These folks have been stealing our culture ever since we came off of them boats,” he said. “They been sampling our culture, taking our culture, taking songs verbatim, and rock n’ roll groups using ‘em. But now we’re doing the same things that they’re doing. Oh, now it’s a crime. They been putting black folks in jail over weed for how many years? Now since the American government sees a way that they can tax it and they can make money and ‘Oh, the white men can make money off of weed.’ Now it’s legal. Without letting black people out of jail. It’s always been like that. They’ve always been beating our ass. The system is not broke. The system is doing exactly what it’s supposed to do.
“See the difference between when blacks kill blacks—Cause everybody always talking about black-on-black crime,” the rapper added. “Well, if a black kill a black—Well, you got one black person and the other black person going to jail. If a white person kills a black person, nine times out of 10, he won’t serve no time.”
David Banner’s interview with Vlad TV can be found below.
by Danielle Harling