Mississippi rapper David Banner has responded to West Coast hip-hop newcomer V-Nasty‘s “Food Plug” diss record where she questions just how “hood” the emcee-turned-actor really is.
Speaking with radio personality Sway this week, Banner counterattacked Nasty’s remark and questioned hip-hop as a whole.
“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”)
On V-Nasty’s “Food Plug,” she directly name drops Banner and calls out his hood stripes.
“Got more bricks then houses in Atlanta. Damn, how a white b*tch more hood than David Banner?” That was the little shot that V-Nasty sent out towards David Banner on “Food Plug,” which is off of BAYTL, her collaboration album with Gucci Mane. (Global Grind)
Speculation has grown suggesting Nasty’s remarks are a response to Banner’s recent “Swag” record.
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)
In mid-November, Banner offered his take on the rap game losing its originality.
“I think what ends up happening is we didn’t do what we were supposed to do. Kids are either a reflection of what you did or didn’t do. But the problem is, now, they are getting to an age where you have to be responsible for what you do now because you’re a man,” Banner said in an interview. “The problem is, there’s no balance. I think a lot of the backpack rappers, they rap they a** off, but n*gga, your beat’s wack. You rapping, but n*gga, you can’t make a hit song. You can freestyle your a** off but you can’t make a hit song. Then you got n*ggas who can make hit songs that can’t f*cking rap. You got R&B singers that can’t f*cking sing. Anything that’s talented and that you’re supposed to pay for, it’s supposed to be something that everybody can’t do. One of the reasons why rap is dying, because everybody feel they can do it. People don’t go to a Chris Brown concert thinking they can outdance Chris Brown. They already know they can’t.” (3 Digs)
Check out David Banner’s interview below: