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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Tweet of the Week: Solange Is Standing With Obama If You Wanna 'Pop Off'

Plus, Future isn't in the business of making new friends.

David Banner: Black Women 'Don't Feel Protected'

"I’ve done enough degrading," says "Marry Me" rapper.

What's At Stake: Inside the Congressional Black Caucus

Marc Lamont Hill, DeRay McKesson and others drop knowledge. (10/16/2015)

David Banner: White Rappers Getting More Lyrical — and We're Mumbling

Banner speaks on the state of hip hop with VLAD TV.

David Banner Files Lawsuit Against Lil Wayne, Young Money

Veteran MC claims he wasn't paid royalties for produced tracks.

BET News Special: Digital Exclusive: Baltimore Speaks: A BET Special

Watch the extended conversation with Marc Lamont Hill. (5/8/2015)
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