Saturday, August 13, 2011

David Banner Dismantles Swag Hype, "White Girl Call Us N*gga & We Just Sit Back & Laugh" [Audio]

Mississippi rapper David Banner is back in the music spotlight with the release of a new rap culture-targeting track called "Swag."

While refraining from name dropping, Banner takes shots at a few West Coast artists.

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)

West Coast rapper Game recently defended dissing Kreayshawn on his "Uncle Otis" record.

Bay Area newcomer Kreayshawn landed in Game's cross-hairs, too. The "Gucci Gucci" rapper raised his ire for her tweet where she paraphrased DMX and used the N-word. Despite not uttering it conversation and later explaining that she doesn't say the word herself, Game said her use was flagrant enough for him. "You can't be playing with that word, some people will take it serious," he explained. "Especially coming from someone that's [not black]. There's a lot of tragic history behind it." (XXL Mag)

In May, Kreayshawn caused some tensions to flare after dropping the N-Bomb on Twitter.

"People are actin so funny omg lol... I got 200k views... not 200k dollars... WTF YOU WANT FROM A N*GGA?! *DMX VOICE*," she tweeted May 20th. (Kreayshawn's Twitter)

She later came forward and said the controversial word does not exist in her rhymes.

"If I'm freestyling and I said it, that's just for that point in time. Any songs I'm writing I don't use it," Kreayshawn said about the "N-word". "In Oakland, Asian people will call Mexicans that. A Mexican will call a black dude that. A white person will call an Asian that. Everyone calls each other that. I feel like that word is used in the low-income community more than anything. I can see if I was some rich crazy trick and I was just saying this because it's hip-hop. I was raised around this. Me and my sisters were all raised around this. People call me that. But personally I'm not flaunting it around." (Voice Online)

Check out David Banner's "Swag" below:

"Jay-Z/Kanye VS. Common/Nas: Who Has The Better Video? [Click Here & Speak]

The Rap Gods blessed us with the premiere of two cool visuals yesterday as the Jay/Kanye collabo video "Otis" was released the same day as Common's "Ghetto Dreams" featuring Nas.

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of]
Our Question of the Day is simple: Which video were you feeling more and why?

Let's take a quick look at both these joints and see which one packs the biggest punch.

Common featuring Nas, "Ghetto Dreams"

Storyline: The video begins with Esco and Common together on a couch dozing off to a movie, which sets up what one can only describe as a "Ghetto Inception", as the pair enter another realm and share a dream in which the world is black, white and, well ... ghetto.

Also in this inception is Bria Myles, who walks around a tiny apartment in even tinier shorts as Common and Nas prowl her building hallway like a pair of would-be kidnappers, killing time by rapping to one another as they wait for Bria to step out her crib.
These are the things ghetto dreams are made of.

Bria cooks up some pancakes, and in true ghetto fashion, decides to skip a shower as she gets dressed for work. She apparently is oblivious to the fact that two men are waiting outside her door. Meanwhile, back in the hallway, Nas confirms our worst fears: Esco still thinks that dusty bucket hat from the "Made You Look" video is a good look.


Let it go Nas.

The video ends with Bria getting fully clothed and our heroes waking up before they ever learn her place of employment. But judging by skin tight dress suit, half-open button up and pleather handbag, my guess is that she's a video model on her way to play a flight attendant in the next Jay-Z video.

Speaking of Hov ...

Jay-Z & Kanye West, "Otis"

Storyline: Jay and 'Ye make their message clear in the first 20 seconds: We have more money than you. And just in case you think we don't, watch us take this perfectly good Maybach, chop it the f*ck up and turn it into some sh*t from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.

Instead of grabbing the typical big booty chick from around the way, rap's superduo took a trip down to the mall and pulled a couple of Hollister sales associates away from work to be in a music video.

If the cops pull you over, everybody goin' ta jail.

Still, I'm glad to see Jay having fun again. This looks like the best time he's had shooting a video since "Big Pimpin'" back in the day. Hov traded in the stuffy suits for a relaxed t-shirt and jeans, as Kayne -- being Kayne -- couldn't help but to make sh*t uncomfortable by strutting behind Jigga in a pair of flesh tight red jeans.

Kanye just can't help himself, can he?
The video closes in grand fashion: Fire, flames, weird hand gestures and screaming. You know -- typical Illuminati sh*t. Kidding.
All jokes aside, as a fan of all four artists, I enjoyed both these videos. But if I had to make a choice, my favorite would be "Ghetto Dreams" simply because the song itself is a throwback to one of the greatest eras in rap music and the video, which features the gorgeous Bria Myles, has the type of raw energy one would expect from a song that packs so much power.