David Banner Responds to V-Nasty

David Banner Responds to V-Nasty

David Banner responds to V-Nasty questioning his street cred.

Published December 22, 2011

V-Nasty, the white Oakland femcee associated with Kreayshawn, has been roundly criticized for her unapologetic use of the N-word. But this time she may have bitten off more than she can chew. In a recent interview on "Sway in the Morning," David Banner thoughtfully broke down V-Nasty and responded to her mentioning his name on a track with Gucci Mane.

Banner got involved with the V-Nasty controversy via his song "Swag," released earlier this year, rhyming, "A white girl call us n---a and we just sit back and laugh / We call it swag." Last week, V-Nasty responded on "Food Plug," from her joint album with Gucci Mane, rapping, "How a white b---h more hood than David Banner?"

Sway played the song for David Banner, who said it was the first time he'd heard it. "It don't bother me at all," Banner told Sway. "One problem with hip hop is people try to act a certain way and they put it on their sleeves. I don't have to talk about the stuff that I did. The stuff that I did that was 'hood,' I can't talk about it on a record. It's funny when people tell these kids to be 'hood' and they don't stay in the hood ... As black people, we have to stop letting people play our culture like that."

Banner eloquently broke down why V-Nasty's usage of the N-word offended him and so many others. "There's certain things that you as my homie can say to me 'cause you're my brother, we're from the same struggle, the same things happened to you," he told Sway. "Her people were not hung from trees and forced to accept the word 'n---a.' We had to internalize the word 'n---a' 'cause we were slaves. People forget their history."


Banner also insisted that "Swag" wasn't even intended as a diss towards V-Nasty, but rather as an internal wake-up call. "The record was never about her," he said. "It's about what we accept as people. Are we going to allow people to say this? And I said we — I'm talking about me too. What are we going to accept out of our culture? I'm more concerned about the people that's around her that allow her to feel comfortable enough to do that. ... It's actually sad to me."

When asked if she would "go to war with" V-Nasty, Banner was dismissive. "That's a child. She really don't know who she's dealing with. She really should do research on who she dealing with before she go to war with somebody," he said. "I honestly believe she don't know no better. The plight between our races is so much bigger than her. I don't even think she know the ramifications and the pain of the word, especially coming from Mississippi and the South. And then for people to tell us, I don't care what you think? You mean to tell me you in our culture, using our culture, making money off our culture, and you don't care what the people think?"


Go to AllHipHop.com to check out the full interview.

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Written by BET-Staff


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