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David Banner
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Birth name

Lavell William Crump


April 11, 1974 (1974-04-11) (age 47)
Brookhaven, Mississippi, U.S.


Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.


Hip hop


Rapper, record producer

Years active



Big Face Entertainment (2000-2010)
Universal Records (2003-2008)
A Banner Vision (2017-present)

Associated acts

9th Wonder, Crooked Lettaz, Lil' Flip

Lavell William Crump (born April 11, 1974), better known by his stage name David Banner, is an American rapper and record producer from Jackson, Mississippi. He graduated from Southern University and pursued a master's of education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He began his music career as a member of the hip hop duo, Crooked Lettaz, before going solo in 2000 with his debut release, Them Firewater Boyz.

In 2003, Banner signed to Universal Records and released four albums on the label, during which he experienced his greatest commercial success. He released a collaboration album with record producer 9th WonderDeath of a Pop Star, on his label, Big Face Entertainment, in 2010. His latest album, #TheGodBox, was released independently in 2017.


Studio albums[]

  • 2000: Them Firewater Boyz
  • 2003: Mississippi: The Album
  • 2003: MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water
  • 2005: Certified
  • 2008: The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • 2017: #TheGodBox

Collaboration albums[]