David Banner Says with music being at the pinnacle of the African American economy, the large influence that it has on everyday behavior, it is no secret. From the way we wear our clothes to the way that we respond to certain situations and even all the way down to we speak, hip hop has made a fascinating impact across the GLOBE.
Now while it is all fine and dandy to celebrate the large influence it had had, we’ve also got to acknowledge the damage that it has causes within our own community. Hip Hop is notorious for becoming an expressional form of art for some of the lost gangster and treacherous experiences that one may have. The problem comes when people who have either been in these situations or people who are currently messed up are currently in messed up situations , look to these lyrics for comfort and even start to try to live the lifestyle that they hear being portrayed within these songs.
Banner: If you look at our radio stations, like go down today if you think I’m joking! Go from zero on the radio all the way down to 200. Listen to every different specialized group. We are the only group that 90 percent of everything that we talk about in our music is detrimental to US! When we talk about “bitches” we’re not talking about women in general, we’re talking about OUR women. When we talk about niggas we’re talking about US. When we’re talking about bussing somebody in the head, shooting them, we’re talking about US! So like at what point do we take control? And that’s what i did with the God Box, I said i can’t tell those kids not to do something and it’s not successful, i have to go and DO IT!
Here’s a little bit of what David Banner thinks about the influence the music is having on us as a whole and how we can help pivot the behavior.
You can’t LEAD the people unless you FEED the people! So we can sit down and strategize and talk about what’s best and criticize what other people do, but you have to show them better. Black peoples learn by something that’s called tactic knowledge, while people learn by something called by explicit knowledge. You know they like to read and you know just make up stuff. We like to see Examples! So we got to set a better EXAMPLE.