David Banner

[INTERVIEW] David Banner on New Mixtape, and Why Black Men Hurt Each Other

One of hip hop's most vocal artists speaks exclusively with EBONY on getting back to music, justice for Trayvon Martin and Election 2012

Kelley L. Carter

by Kelley L. Carter, May 10, 2012

David Banner

Photo courtesy of Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Mercede

feel like racism isn’t a factor in America. That’s just not true. I gave the example when I spoke at Harvard … it’s like having cancer and the symptoms stop showing. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have cancer. And if you don’t address the sickness then it gets worse, permeates through your body until by the time you find out about it, you’re dying. And I think that’s what’s happening to the inner thread of America. The Trayvon Martin situation was a perfect example of that. Like, this is a child, dude.

​EBONY: So did this kick start things into this next election cycle for you? Are we going to see you in a role that we saw four years ago?

DB: I don’t know. The things that I do, come from my heart. I don’t have an agenda. I keep telling people that. I don’t want to be that. That’s not what I planned on doing. I want to be a successful artist; I want to be a mogul. That’s what I tell people. What I will say about it is that I don’t support one or the other.

EBONY: Meaning you don’t support one political party over the other?

DB: Yes. Historically we give our support to one side who, historically, has shown us that they’re not necessarily coming back and doing the things that they promised for us.

​EBONY: What is it that you hope people kind of walk away from this project from?

DB: I just want them to enjoy the music. Like, all of the underlying stuff, they are just questions for you to think about as you enjoy the mixtape. Now, we all know that our people depend on music a lot more than the face value of the music. I understand that. But for this, I just want people to enjoy me being back to making music.

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