News: UPDATE: Lil B & David Banner Squash Dispute

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 1:58PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

West Coast rapper Lil B has clarified speculation surrounding his new "I Own Swag" record taking aim at hip-hop veteran David Banner and said they have squashed past issues.

Writing on Twitter, the Based God set the record straight for fans.

"JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH @THEREALBANNER AND REAL TALK I LEARNED ALOT AND JUST NO I ROCKS WITH BANNER OFF TOP AND WE GOT SWAG - Lil B," he tweeted February 7th.
"SHOUTS OUT TO @BIGVON FOR LINKING UP AND DAME SHOUTS OUT TO @THEREALBANNER AND JUST TO PUT IT OUT THERE AINT NO SHOTS AINT BANNER - Lil B"
"AND I NO MY PLACE AS A YOUNG ARTIST IN THE GAME I RESPECT THE ARTIST THAT PUT WORK IN @THEREALBANNER SO ITS LOVE HIP HOP UNITY LOVE - Lil B"
"ALL THE #BASED SALUTE TO BANNER LETS STOP THE NEGATIVITY AND SUCH I DIDNT DISS HIM STAY POSITIVE AND KEEP IT #BASED @THEREALBANNER - Lil B"
"Stay positive have a good day show respect all we do is live life we only have one look at the people your around this our class - Lil B" (Lil B's Twitter)

Speculation on Lil B's alleged response to Banner hit the Internet this week.

With Valentine's Day red roses in hand, Lil B responds to David Banner's summer 2011 track "Swag", a messy collection of talking points which called young rappers like B and Tyler, the Creator to task for being goofy-dancing atheists. On "I Own Swag" B sings back, You know that I'm more famous than you! and invokes Mac Dre's "Not My Job," where the Bay Area legend rapped, I can bust you a rap, but anything else, not my job. (The FADER)

Last summer, Banner's "Swag" record reportedly took aim at West Coast artists like Lil B and Kreayshawn.

David Banner sparks a riot with his charged words on "Swag" off The Make Believe Album. The Mississippi MC/producer criticizes the new generation of hip-hop, calling out newcomers including Kreayshawn for her reported use of the N-word (she has repeatedly denied the accusations) and hip-hop collective Odd Future, who he claims "feeds evil to the streets." "The homies is busting slugs/ The women is shaking a**/ A white girl call us ni**a and we just sit back and laugh/ We call it swag," preaches the righteous rapper in a style reminiscent of Lil B. (Rap-Up)

Months later, Banner responded to Kreayshawn's rap sidekick V-Nasty striking back at him on wax.

"It don't bother me at all because let me tell you something. One problem with hip-hop is people try to act a certain way and they put it on their sleeve. I don't have to talk about the stuff I do," Banner said. "The stuff that I did that was hood, I can't talk about it on the record. It's funny when people tell these kids to be hood and they don't stay in the hood. They give the kids this mentality of staying in the hood and that shows you what other cultures think about us as black people and what's important to us and how they try to play us as black men against each other. The sad thing about it is at the end of the day, I'm the big mean black guy. Regardless of how articulate I am, if I move any kind of way I will always be crucified. Regardless of if it's these Disney deals I'm doing, whether its these Paramount deals I'm doing, I'll always be looked at in that manner so what I realize that as black people, we have to stop letting people play our culture like that." ("Sway In The Morning")

Check out Lil B's "I Own Swag" below:

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