David Banner

Rapper-producer David Banner was one of the major forces behind Dirty South rap's breakthrough into the music mainstream in the early 2000s. He took his name from the scientist whose uncontrolled anger would transform ... Read more »
Born: 04/11/1974

Filmography

Actor (12)

Carter High 2015 (Movie)

Royce West (Actor)

Days of Wrath 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ride Along 2014 (Movie)

Jay (Actor)

Lee Daniels' The Butler 2013 (Movie)

Earl Gaines (Actor)

2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

SOS Saving OurSelves: Help for Haiti 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

BET Hip Hop Awards 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Snake Moan 2007 (Movie)

Tehronne (Actor)

This Christmas 2007 (Movie)

Mo (Actor)

ReAct Now: Music & Relief 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Third Annual Vibe Awards on UPN 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Video Game Awards 2005 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (8)

Footloose 2011 (Movie)

("Dance The Night Away") (Song)

Footloose 2011 (Movie)

("Dance The Night Away") (Song Performer)

Street Kings 2008 (Movie)

("Bloody War") (Song Performer)

2006 BET Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Performer

2 Fast 2 Furious 2003 (Movie)

("Like A Pimp") (Song Performer)

2 Fast 2 Furious 2003 (Movie)

("Like A Pimp") (Song)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 (Tv Show)

Performer

Let It Shine (TV Show)

Music

Biography

Rapper-producer David Banner was one of the major forces behind Dirty South rap's breakthrough into the music mainstream in the early 2000s. He took his name from the scientist whose uncontrolled anger would transform him into "The Incredible Hulk." It was a fitting analog for the energetic producer-MC and his explosively gruff vocal style. Banner made a name for himself as a solo artist and produced T.I.'s 2003 single "Rubberband Man," which became one of the biggest hits in the history of Southern rap. Banner has consistently reached across the regional lines that have often divided hip-hop--even in the midst of the Northeast's dismissal of his work as a musically shallow fad. He collaborated with outspoken New Yorker Talib Kweli and held out the ultimate olive branch when he agreed to produce a track on "Digi Snacks," Wu Tang-mastermind and vocal crunk-critic RZA's third album as Bobby Digital. On "Death of a Pop Star," Banner's concept album with hip-hop scholar 9th Wonder, he explored the demise of soul music. Banner sees the rise of West Coast rap as bolstered by the parallel success of gritty urban directors like John Singleton and hoped a move into acting could expand the cultural impact of Dirty South. After a small part in the controversial 2006 film "Black Snake Moan," he co-created the Mississippi-themed animated pilot "That Crook'd 'Sipp" and starred in the 2010 revenge thriller "The Confidant."

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