David Banner
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"Lavell William Crump", 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 Eastern Shore. 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 (2003), Certified (David Banner album)/Certified (2005), and The Greatest Story Ever Told (David Banner album)/The Greatest Story Ever Told (2008).

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My character is one of the few people in the town besides Lazarus [played by Samuel L. Jackson] that really understands this woman, ... He's a hustler but No one else believes in her and they all kind of get down on her. It's a real cool movie.

I'm glad Kanye said what he said on NBC. The president never gave a damn about black folks.

It's about a white family and a black family living in modern day North Mississippi but the white family's mind set is that of 1869 and no matter what you do it won't change, they still think and talk the way they would in 1869, so it's really pushing it, ... My character is a member of black rock band who works at Sonic, but he is moving upward and is in direct confl.

I'm really happy with the role, ... I feel blessed that my debut role is a major one, starring beside someone as great as Samuel L. Jackson.

I wanna change the whole perception of rap. That's why I come in here looking like this. I wanna surprise 'em.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a workaholic, ... I am just going to use this time while I am shooting the film to really rest. I am totally focused on acting because that has always been my dream. After we are done shooting, I am planning on starting the European tour to promote Certified and dive back into the swing of things with music.

The sad thing is that people are going to think this is a reflection of rap music. But it's not a reflection ... people have lives outside of the music.

There's a lot more we can do as artists, ... but I'm really, really proud of the rappers who have stepped up to help. I can honestly say that we've concentrated so much on helping because it's in our hearts and it's the right thing to do.