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David Banner

David Banner


Famous as :


Birth Name :

Levell Crump

Birth Date :

April 11, 1973

Birth Place :

Jackson, Mississippi, USA

Claim to fame :

Debut album " Mississippi: The Album" (2003)


Banner wasn't always the David Banner. He was a regular boy from Jackson, a non-economically thriving area of Mississippi who was dreaming of making it big as a rap superstar. He was born Levell Crump on April 11, 1973. His father Zeno Crump, Jr., a respectable District Fire Chief and his mother Carolyn Crump were two people who raised Banner in a simple way, sticking their values to religious beliefs. Little Banner learned music from instruments like keyboards and second hand drum set but his power laid on his ability to eject words rapidly through his lips. Stepping up to the game to debut his rapping skill, he showcased the talent when he attended Northwest Jackson Middle School. Going to high school he took a part time job as grocery bagger in a local Kroger store and used the salary to aid his music career. He would create his own music, put it on a CD and sell it to the Jackson natives. The career did not take off immediately but it was his meeting with rapper Kamikaze that really put a base on his career today.

While enrolling at his mother's alma mater Southern University in Baton Rogue, Louisiana, he formed a rap duo with Kamikaze named Crooked Lettaz and released "Grey Skies" in 1999 as their debut album. The CD received high praises, considerably well enough to make sure that they were on the right lane. It even got an outstanding review from one of the columnists of All Music Guide but due to the poor promotion of the album, "Grey Skies" failed to lift up their fame. Banner consequently pursued further education in business by admitting himself to University of Maryland. But before he completed his master degree, the music career took off and forced Banner to drop his academic journey. Banner later found himself responsible for the hits made popular by rappers Trick Daddy and Lil' Flip. His solo career also later on stood up with the release of "Them Firewater Boyz, Vol. 1" in 2000. He was at that time signed to Penalty Records but the album's sale was not excessively supporting his career. Only after Universal roped him in did he receive the success he deserved.

Latest News

Video Premiere: David Banner's 'Amazing' Ft. Chris Brown

May 18, 2012 08:23:11 GMT

releases a music video in support of his song "Amazing" which features . Instead of appearing in person, the two stars are brought to the screen in a form of dolls with their heads sticked on it. They enjoy a good life, traveling the globe and hitting the road in a convertible.

Megan Fox Brings Sex Appeal to Ad Campaign for Sharper Image

May 04, 2012 06:46:00 GMT

is tying in the word "sexy" with electronics. The actress playing Mikaela Banes in the first two "" movies has just been announced as the new face of Sharper Image, and a sneak peek for the high-tech brand's ad campaign displays the Hollywood beauty striking an alluring pose.

New Videos: Colbie Caillat's 'Favorite Song', David Banner's 'Castles in Brooklyn'

May 04, 2012 06:23:52 GMT

and premiere a new music video each. The former teams up with to support their breezy single called "Favorite Song", while the latter joins forces with for their ode to the most populous area of New York City's five boroughs in "Castles in Brooklyn".

New Videos: David Banner's 'Swag' and Frank Ocean's 'Thinking About You'

September 16, 2011 08:22:51 GMT

Almost at the same time, and released a music video each. The former dropped a performance video to support his song "Swag", while the latter made public a more conceptualized clip for his track "Thinking About You".

Estelle, David Banner and Daley in 'Benz' Music Video

April 19, 2011 08:01:36 GMT

A new music video featuring has just been debuted. It sees the British singer living next door to . They pay another neighbor a visit, and together the three of them groove to a funky jam of "Benz".

New Videos: David Banner's 'Be With You', Jae Millz's 'Green Goblin'

December 17, 2010 09:43:46 GMT

goes back the 80s with his collaborator in a music video for his single "Be With You". The 2006 Visionary Award recipient of National Black Caucus invades the dance floor, playing the soulful track with a full band and several girls sporting big hair.

David Banner NOT Suing Producer of Lil Wayne's Documentary

May 12, 2010 08:02:05 GMT

Rapper has shot down reports he is suing producer Quincy Jones III for using his music without permission in a documentary about . Banner, real name Lavell Crump, reportedly teamed up with music producer Darius 'Deezle' Harrison to filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Jones over his 2009 film "The Carter".

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