David Banner is a big, big man. In fact he's huge, but the rapper/producer
from Mississippi is a relative unknown on these fair shores, despite being a
familiar name on the American circuit. A promotional tour supporting Kano
late last year didn't seem to do much create a buzz, and with releases with Play
it's easy to see why.
Vulgar is the only way to describe it; the edited radio edit is suggestive
enough while the uncut version isn't suitable for any upstanding citizen's
eardrums. That said, the beat is a thing of beauty, in the slow grinding way
seen from the Ying Yang Twins and even Snoop Dogg and Pharrell
on Drop It Like It's Hot.
Yet this is instantly forgettable, and the urge to hit repeat is hardly
overwhelming. It seems the latest style craze emanating from the Dirty South of
America is a bit too much - or too little - for British musical tastes. If David
Banner wants to make an impact over here he has to offer more than this.