David Banner

Graduate student turned record producer/rapper Lavell Crump  named himself David Banner after the alias of Marvel Comics hero the Incredible Hulk. Banner started his career in the rap duo Crooked Lettaz before going solo in 2000 with the release of Them Firewater Boyz, Vol. 1 mixtape, which included the hit single “Like a Pimp.” The success of the track led to a deal with Universal Records in 2003. In 2004, Banner produced T.I.’s hit single, "Rubberband Man" and the track "Get Like Me," featuring Chris Brown, reached No. 16 on the Hot 100, No. 7 on the R&B chart, and No. 2 on the rap chart. In November 2006, Banner was awarded a Visionary Award by the National Black Caucus of the State Legislature in recognition for his work during and after Hurricane Katrina.

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News: #BLACKLIVESMATTER

Celebs share the meaning behind the nationwide rally cry. (12/19/2014)

Music Stars and Lawsuits

Eminem, Kanye West, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar and others hit with litigation.

Tweets of the Week: Lil Wayne Declares Allegiance to Young Money

Plus, J. Cole's album, and Meek Mill remembers Lil Snupe.

BET News Special: Justice for Us: A BET Town Hall (Digital Exclusive)

Special: The heated conversation continues online. (12/10/2014)

BET News Special: Justice for Us: A BET Town Hall

Special: Guests explore the protests erupting around the country. (12/10/2014)

Lifestyle: David Banner: 'We Have a Duty to Our Children'

The rapper-entrepreneur says we must empower the young generation. (11/11/2014)
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