Rapper, producer, philanthropist, political and social activist and entrepreneur David Banner on his controversial statement about why Black women shouldn't relax their hair, the lack of natural-haired Black women in his music videos, and why the media ne See photos of David Banner visiting troops in Iraq » Rapper, producer, philanthropist, political and social activist and entrepreneur Levell "David Banner" Crump is no stranger to historical firsts.
Not only is he the first rapper to emerge from Jackson, Mississippi, and enjoy commercial success with his own indie label, Big Face Entertainment, but he might just be the first rapper to boldly and publicly criticize Black women for their chemical dependency—hair relaxers.
His solo career also later on stood up with the release of "Them Firewater Boyz, Vol. 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.
Banner graduated from Southern University and pursued a masters of education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
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.
The first thing I said before I began addressing the student body was that I was going to make statements that would purposely upset them because I wanted them to think about the [adverse] affect that integration has had on Black people. So the point I was trying to make is that many of our grandparents permed their hair as well as their children's for acceptance in society or even to get a job.
When I made the statement, I made sure to say that this might not be the reason why many of our women relax their hair today, but I was sharing and explaining the history of relaxing hair. COM: Are you concerned that your statement might have offended some Black women?
None of us are perfect as artists or as a people, yet we never handle things inside our community everything has to be openly attacked.
I happen to be one of those who is trying to help our community.
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. 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.