During a recent interview, David Banner spoke about the state of Hip Hop and his relationship with Big K.R.I.T. while touching on the importance of standing on your own, without cosigns. Banner shared his views on what he sees as a lack of balance in the world of Hip Hop, adding that there is a “problem.”
The interview, done by 3 Little Digs, starts with Banner discussing the state of the game. When asked what the youth is missing, Banner explained, “I don’t think they’re missing shit. 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. The problem is, there’s no balance. I think a lot of the backpack rappers, they rap they ass off, but nigga, your beat’s wack. You rappin’, but nigga, you can’t make a hit song. You can freestyle your ass off but can’t make a hit song. Then you got niggas who can make hit songs that can’t fuckin’ rap. You got R&B singers that can’t sing.”
He was also asked about up and coming emcee Big K.R.I.T. and was able to explain their bond goes beyond a cosign.
“I told Big K.R.I.T. a long time ago, I didn’t want people to know that me and him was cool. I wanted him to become him. I didn’t want people to say David Banner made him. I think that cosigning shit? Nigga, you a man. Stand on your own. My dad always told us, ‘Fuck them. You stand on your own.’…I told him along time ago that people was gonna try to play me and him against each other.”
This is the same advice Banner gave K.R.I.T. one night in New York.
“I told him, ‘Go out and get my haters. make them love you. It ain’t about me. It’s about you.’ He called me one night. I was in New York. He said, ‘David Banner, come get on stage with me.’ I said, ‘Dude, it ain’t time for that. You step out in New York by yourself. You win them over by yourself. So, when it’s yours, you own it.’ And he did it. K.R.I.T. don’t need David Banner. He’s his own man.”
The video can be seen below.