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Music, All Shook Down David Banner Takes Aim at Fake Rap Culture, Lil B, and Kreayshawn with "Swag"

David Banner Takes Aim at Fake Rap Culture, Lil B, and Kreayshawn with "Swag"

On his new song "Swag," Mississippi rapper and producer David Banner mocks a criminally overused word and the cultural practices that fall under it. Banner affects a sneering tone and an uncharacteristically simple, whoop-punctuated beat for "Swag." Both are reminiscent…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Hip-Hop Live Tour at the Grand Ballroom with Talib Kweli, David Banner and Little Brother

Last Night: Hip-Hop Live Tour at the Grand Ballroom with Talib Kweli, David Banner and Little Brother

Hip-Hop Live Tour Featuring Talib Kweli, David Banner and Little Brother The Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center October 2, 2008 Words by Tamara Palmer; Photos by Dmitri Ponce and Tamara Palmer Better than:The sad display that is offered…
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Music, Let's Get Killed SXSW highlights: David Banner, Bon Iva, MGMT, Clockcleaner, and Dark Meat

SXSW highlights: David Banner, Bon Iva, MGMT, Clockcleaner, and Dark Meat

After spending five days in Austin for SXSW, doing tasks one at a time seems odd. Why eat dinner at a table when you can be scarfing beans and tortillas by the taco truck while cross-checking club schedules until your…
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Music, Merry Christmas, Beeyotch!

Merry Christmas, Beeyotch!

Recently, a few friends and I gathered for a Christmas celebration. With my girl on my arm, some nog in my hand, and a fire raging nearby, the night was a sublime salute to love, friendship, and general good will.…
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Music, Reviewed Aceyalone

Aceyalone

Clearly engulfed in an era of the producer (see Kanye West, David Banner, Lil' Jon, Madlib, etc.), hip hop fans have all but forgotten what for so long dominated their hearts and minds: the inner-city griot, the visionary, the microphone…
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Music, Reviewed David Banner

David Banner

My most vivid childhood memories are of gathering in the small town of Waterproof, La., for the sort of social meal that involved the entire family. My great-grandmother would hunch over a giant kettle of gumbo whose ingredients were "flexible"…
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