Lavell William Crump, better known by his stage name David Banner, is an American rapper, record producer, a Grammy Award winning music producer, recording artist, philanthropist, activist and actor who pioneered the now very popular putting your tag at the beginning of a beat – “David- David-David-David Banner”. David Banner started his career as a musician as a member of the rap duo,
Crooked Lettaz. In 2009, he became a solo artist by releasing his first album, ‘Them Firewater Boyz, Vol. 1‘. Following that, he released several successful albums including ‘Mississippi: The Album’ in 2003. Banner’s persistent self-promotion, made him one of the most exciting emerging stars in hip-hop’s Dirty South style of Rap in the mid-2000s.
He did not shy away from exploiting the raunchy and violent themes characteristic of hip-hop music’s Southern branch. He also wrote raps that described the environment in which poor African Americans lived in Southern cities, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 he became a prominent voice against the United States government’s response to the tragedy.
Banner also has some acting credits to his name. In 2006, he made his first movie appearance in Black Snake Moan which starred Christina Ricci and Samuel L. Jackson.Over the following years, Banner would expand his résumé by acting in films like Stomp the Yard: Homecoming, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and Ride Along.
In 2007, he was the executive producer of That Crook’d ‘Sipp. Some of his other film appearances include Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming in 2010 and The Last Punch in 2016. Moreover, he provided songs for the hit movies, 2 Fast 2 Furious and See No Evil. David Banner also is founder of A Banner Vision- ABV, a multimedia company that specializes in providing emotionally engaging music for iconic commercials, video games and films for brands like Pepsi, Gatorade, Paramount Pictures (Footloose film), Marvel, Capcom, Mercedes Benz and more