15 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Seven years after his last album, Southern hip-hop icon David Banner returns with a ferocious and timely takedown of the status quo. The God Box takes some of today’s most pressing issues—racism, misogyny, police brutality—and applies pressure. On “Magnolia,” the album’s gritty and growling opener, he recalls the tree’s horrifying connection to slavery, setting a mood so heavy, even Cee-Lo Green can’t lift it. But Banner wants listeners to feel the weight of these issues. “Who Want It” stomps on political corruption, and “Elvis” calls out, by name, white voices who have taken over black music (“Lord don’t take my heart/Lord don’t take my soul/Lord don’t let them take hip-hop like they took rock and roll”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Seven years after his last album, Southern hip-hop icon David Banner returns with a ferocious and timely takedown of the status quo. The God Box takes some of today’s most pressing issues—racism, misogyny, police brutality—and applies pressure. On “Magnolia,” the album’s gritty and growling opener, he recalls the tree’s horrifying connection to slavery, setting a mood so heavy, even Cee-Lo Green can’t lift it. But Banner wants listeners to feel the weight of these issues. “Who Want It” stomps on political corruption, and “Elvis” calls out, by name, white voices who have taken over black music (“Lord don’t take my heart/Lord don’t take my soul/Lord don’t let them take hip-hop like they took rock and roll”).

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About David Banner

One half of the rap duo Crooked Lettaz, David Banner helped put Mississippi on the map in 1999. In 2000, he released his first solo album in Them Firewater Boyz, Vol. 1. Originally on Penalty Records, he realized quickly that a New York-based record label just didn't know how to handle the south. With the help of his crew, he managed to sell over 10,000 copies of his first album in his hometown alone. He broke out nationally in 2003 with a pair of albums, Mississippi: The Album and MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water. These releases spawned a varied clutch of hits -- "Like a Pimp," "Cadillac on 22's" and "Crank It Up." Two years later, he released Certified. ~ Brad Mills

  • ORIGIN
    Jackson, MS
  • BORN
    April 11, 1973

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