Lavell William Crump (born April 11, 1974), better known by his stage name David Banner, is an American rapper, record producer, and occasional actor.
Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Banner graduated from Southern University and pursued a masters of education at the University of Maryland. He started his music career as a member of the rap duo, Crooked Lettaz, before going solo in 2000 with the release titled Them Firewater Boyz, Vol. 1.
In 2003, Banner signed to Universal Records releasing four albums: Mississippi: The Album (2003), MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water (2004), Certified (2005), and The Greatest Story Ever Told (2008). Banner released his debut mixtape titled Sex, Drugs and Video Games on May 22, 2012 as a free download. It is also available on his website, davidbanner.com, where fans are encouraged to make a donation of at least $1 for the sixteen song mixtape. The first single off the mixtape is titled "Amazing" featuring Chris Brown. It was announced that Universal Republic Records was going defunct, all of the artists on the roster moved from the label including (David Banner) to Republic Records making the label itself revived.