Penny For Your Thoughts With … DAVID BANNER

David Banner hopes to return to the charts with his latest CD “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” Presented by Electronic Urban Report.

Rapper David Banner is at it again. The emcee, quite famous for his not so nice words for Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, however, is sticking up for the latter.

Just last year, Banner lashed out against Sharpton and Jackson in defense of hip-hop. The feud has since become famous along with the good works the star has done. But now, with Jackson’s recent microphone slip up, Banner is telling folks to just leave him alone - and just go buy his record.

“My feelings about [Jackson] as a person won’t change until he changes and who knows if that’ll happen,” Banner told EUR’s Lee Bailey, “but we should move on and not worry about his comments. We concentrate on such trivial things that are not even important. We’re at war. We’re in a recession. Jesse Jackson said something. He doesn’t literally want to cut off [Obama’s] nuts. He didn’t know the mic was on. Ok, let’s stay focused. I can honestly say that white media does that to us and we bite the hook every time.”

Don’t get it twisted, though. Banner’s apparent plea on Jackson’s behalf doesn’t come without a bit of ridicule.

“This is not a reality TV show. This is not a rap beef. We need to move past it,” he said, but added, “To me, Jesse Jackson is irrelevant. Nobody in our generation really pays attention to him. As far as we’re concerned, he should be able to say whatever he wants to and we just move on.”

No words about Jackson’s status as a Civil Right icon? No accolades for his supposed high moral standards? Not from Banner. No way, no how. Banner believes that Jackson has inoculated himself into the nation’s consciousness and that his generation (and younger) is quite aware of the false front.

“Young people see through all that,” he said. “Jesse Jackson and all these people come up with all these good ideologies about what we should do as black people, but y’all have had 40 years to implement it and y’all didn’t do nothing. If anything - you’re adding to it. We’re not going to go into the dude’s personal life, but me and you could pick several examples of that.”

Like many who talk about it, Banner’s reply to “being about it” was rather straight forward. The artist admitted that he has no designs on being the newest activist/spokesperson for the plight of blacks, but in actuality, music actually does that.

“If I’m called on and I can feel it in the streets that I’m the person that people want,” he said of the requirements for him to be named as an activist. “But I’m not looking for that job. I want you to go buy ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’.”

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