David Banner Talks Big K.R.I.T. Collaboration

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By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Sway Calloway

On Thursday (December 9), Mississippi native David Banner stopped by our office with North Carolina producer 9th Wonder for “RapFix Live” to discuss their upcoming collaborative LP Death of a Pop Star. The album hits shelves on December 21 and Banner also talked a bit about one of his fellow Mississippi MC-producers.

“Just so ya’ll know, K.R.I.T. was in the studio when I was mixing Death of a Popstar,” David Banner said, before discussing when, and if, he would record with the up-and-coming artist. “Me and K.R.I.T. have sent a couple records back and forth to each other, but the thing that I wanted Krit to do was to really stand on his own. ”

Big K.R.I.T., a native of Meridian, Mississippi, released the breakout K.R.I.T. Wuz Here mixtape earlier this year that garnered the attention of the music industry. Within months, the young MC was signed to Def Jam and traveling the country on the Smoker’s Club Tour with Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa and Smoke DZA. Now K.R.I.T. is prepping his follow-up mixtape Return of Forever as well as his as-yet-untitled debut album. Naturally, our “RapFix Live” fans wanted to know why the two Mississippi artists hadn’t collaborated yet and Banner said there was a method to his movements — or lack thereof.

“There are a lot of people that might not be David Banner fans, he can grab that. There’s going to be a time when the tides change on him and I talked to him about that,” Banner told Sway, the host of “RapFix Live.” “I actually told K.R.I.T., ‘You don’t have to tell people that we cool.’

“The one thing I like about the new generation of rappers is that they are really standing, like all of them, on their own two feet and they’re dealing with each other,” the MC-producer-actor continued. “They’re not really coming to none of us. K.R.I.T. has my support way past what cameras need to know. We don’t have to do music to prove that. Me and 9th talk about that all the time, it’s what you do when the camera is cut off that makes you a man. Anybody can get together and front and make records but if K.R.I.T. has a questions at 4 o’clock [in the morning] he can call me. All that really matters is that he goes through this process and I tell him that all the time, that’s what gon’ make him strong. I told him a couple of days ago ‘Dude, at the end of the day, I want you to be OK, with or without David Banner.’ ”

What do you think of a David Banner and Big K.R.I.T. collaboration? Do you agree with Banner saying that young MCs should stand on their own instead of running for recognizable duets first? Tweet us at @MTVRapFix or tell us in a comment below!