According to Mississippi rapper David Banner, while taking part in a conversation with fellow musician, 9th Wonder, the idea for his latest record, “Marry Me” came about. During an interview with XONecole, he revealed that while speaking with 9th Wonder, the producer shared that most artists over the age of 35 tend to not focus on “men’s subjects” in their music.

Banner also explained that “Marry Me” was created to help mend the relationship between black men and black women.

“There were a couple things,” David Banner said. “One of the things that happened was 9th Wonder was actually producing, and the reason why I made the song because he asked me a question. He said that most of the rappers that really pushed the culture forward–and who are making a whole lot of money–are over the age of 35. But have you ever noticed they never talk about men’s subjects…You look at most of who so-called people of success cater to—nine times out of 10 it may not be a Black woman at all. And if it is, it’s definitely not ones that look like our great grandmothers. And I said man, if nobody in the world says that they love them and that they respect them and that they want them, it’ll be me.

“And lastly, and the most important thing about this song, one of my friends told me, ‘David Banner, I know you want to save the world, I know you want to help Black people and the revolution and all of that, but in order for you to do any of those things, you have to mend the relationships with our families—with our women,’” he added.

Banner was later questioned about a tweet in which he stated, “If you want a man that respects the way you think then show more mind than ass.” The tweet garnered a great deal of controversy, and as a result, the Southern wordsmith revealed that it “was one of the most confusing things that has ever happened” to him.

He explained that he was confused at the backlash given that he was only trying to help with his comments.

“That situation that you are talking about was one of the most confusing things that has ever happened to me in my life,” Banner said. “The thing is, when a woman tells me about how a woman looks at a black man, I listen whether I agree or not. I’m telling you how a man thinks, and you’re going to tell me something? That’s like me commenting on pregnancy. I’m never going to comment, for the most part, on what a woman should do with her private parts or pregnancy, because I don’t know anything about that! So, when I made that comment, I made that comment to heal and to help. If you don’t agree with it then keep it moving.”