Skip to comments.David Banner Questions Rappers’ Motives During Times Of Need (OWS, Katrina, Troy Davis, etc.)
Posted on 10/19/2011 7:34:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Think Hurricane Katrina. Troy Davis. Occupy Wall Street. Do artists only show face during times of need because the red light of a camera is glowing? David Banner seems to think so.
Along with Banners established career, the rapper also has a history of being socially and politically active in our community. He received a Visionary Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators for his help during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. While many other rappers such as Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Diddy and other artists supported/threw money at the rebuilding of New Orleans, Banner believes a lot of them disappeared after the cameras were gone.
One of my only criticisms of hip-hop right now is that we all like everybody we cant separate ourselves, Banner tells MTV News during Occupy Wall Street.
All of us have become so corporate that people dont even feel like were a part of the people, especially rappers and punk rockers. People always felt like we were them. We were their voice.
He says he admires the efforts of Outkasts Big Boi for stepping up during the execution of Troy Davis on Sept. 21.
I applaud somebody like Big Boi, like he still holding Troy [Davis] down. The thing is, we have to understand that its not about what you do when the cameras are on, its what you do when the cameras are off, Banner says.
He questions why the same rappers that are down for the cause dont reflect that in their music. And while Banner never specifically calls anyone out, industry heavyweights like Russell Simmons and Kayne West have been seen at Occupy Wall Street but it begs the question, is it enough? Amidst Troy Davis and the present recession, the common themes in hip-hop are still money, loose women, violence and excess.
As for the current demonstrations of Occupy Wall Street, Banner addresses if the movement is representative of the people it claims (the 99% of people that make less than $500,000 a year), as most of the demonstrators are white.
Theyd just send the police out there, throw some tear gas, plant somebody in there. Call it gang violence, whatever, yall know what they do in the hood, he said. When their children are out there is when it becomes a movement. And I used to fight that and be mad at that, but what we got to understand is, in every movement, even in the 60s, young, white, middle-class people were a major part of the movement. We have to stop separating ourselves.
The more celebrities and politicians live the life of luxury as they watch suffering arund them the more they feel like gods. It stokes their egos. If things were turned around it would be leftist politicians and loopy celebrities, that were in mass graves instead of farmers and business people. If translated into their words: 200 million gone, social justice, the world can’t wait. But the good people won’t use their evil enemie’s tactics against them so it won’t happen.
You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.
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