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On the evening Tuesday, October 30th, the red carpet premiere for Never Heard took place at AMC Universal CityWalk in Hollywood. The highly-anticipated independent film starring rap legend David Banner, Romeo Miller, Karrueche, Robin Givens, Kandi Burruss, Jackie Long, Lexy Panterra, and many more.
Synopsis: Aaron Davis (Banner) is accused of murder and incarcerated for a crime he swears that he did not commit. His son Jalen (Miller) is
forced to grow up on the streets of Los Angeles without the guidance of a father and primarily raised by his mother Shala (Givens)
and Grandmother Camilla. Jalen (Karreuche’s love interest) finds his life at risk after his friend Diggy (Talton) decides to partner with one
of the biggest drug dealers in the city leaving a large debt to be recouped. Everything seems to turn around when Aaron is reminded
to put his faith in God first and use the power of prayer to help solve his problems. Will Aaron find a way to prove his innocence and save his son’s life before it is too late?
Power 106 was in attendance to catch up with David Banner on the red carpet for an exclusive interview on the forthcoming film, which releases to theaters on November 1st. View the interview below!
David Banner begins with a shout out: Oh well, one of the things I do wanna say is thank you to Power 106. A lot of times when we eclipse our original position in society, people forget all the people that have assisted them along the way. I’m grateful because without my music career, these opportunities wouldn’t be where they are for me. I wouldn’t be able to take advantage of them, so I thank you all.
What can we expect from the film?
Redemption. In so many cases when people make films, they talk about the problem, and never really the solution to the problem. This is a man who is fighting for his son’s life, who’s fighting for his freedom. By the end, actually, fighting for his spirit. I’m going to give y’all a little hint: we actually are able to do some of those things, so it’s amazing. A wonderful cast, director Josh allowed me to have some input. In a lot of cases, especially when people are fighting to control the situation and so many attitudes and personalities, for me to have such a stake in this film, it means a lot to me.
How does acting compare to rapping?
They both keep the lights on. For me, my grandmother and my grandfather worked really hard and so all the things that I do now they would consider playing. So I get to play act, I get to sing. I’m from Mississippi where people work in the sun. I’m grateful for the opportunity to express myself. I am glad that I was able to be conscious enough to be able to use my tall dark skin black frame to propel and perpetuate a message. Y’all just make sure y’all continue to support the The God Box, new album out. Y’all go to davidbanner.com and continue to support this film.
In your opinion, who dropped the album of the year?
I don’t really get into that because if I talk about who dropped the album of the year, then you take away from all the good music that’s coming out. For me, I just enjoy the fact that hip-hop music is rising again. So many people tried to say that hip-hop was dead, so many people tried to talk about this generation of artists. I mean, they used to talk about me. So when people come to me and ask and try to perpetuate negativity in hip-hop, I always remember how they use to treat me when “Like A Pimp” came out. I mean, there’s just so many. You know what I’m saying? In order for me to speak about one, as soon as I leave, I forget one more and wish I would’ve said another. I’m just proud that the young cats are pushing forward and finding their own place in hip-hop.