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David Banner Speaks On Lil Wayne & Tha Carter IV x Behind The Scenes Of “Red Nation”

Wed, May 11, 2011 by

David Banner Speaks On Lil Wayne & Tha Carter IV x Behind The Scenes Of Red Nation

Complex recently chopped it up with David Banner, who revealed a few details on Lil Wayne‘s forthcoming Tha Carter IV album and his relationship with Wayne. You can read the interview below, and after the jump you can also watch some behind the scenes footage from Game and Weezy‘s “Red Nation” video shoot (official music video drops tomorrow).

“I worked on Tha Carter IV. Me and Wayne were in the studio together twice. Once in Miami and once in L.A. Where I am with artists now, it’s more about the relationship. Before we even do a record I want to talk to you. ‘Rubberband Man’ will always be a part of T.I.’s family and T.I.’s life. With artists being so disposable, I want to sit down like, ‘Man, how you doing?’ Wayne just got out of jail. Let me talk to you and see how you doing as a man.”

“Most artists who are on the level of Wayne, once they get to that level they try to go and get whatever major producer. He told me, ‘David, if you’ve got what it takes, you’re going to always be a part of Tha Carter shit.’ I respect that because there’s a lot of people who I was a part of their careers and it just didn’t happen no more, but I’m not saying no names. With Wayne, it’s not like you got a definite spot, but you definitely can come and fight for your spot, and that’s all I ever ask for.”

“I did about 12 songs for Wayne. One thing I respected about Wayne this time, Wayne didn’t allow me to go all over the place. Wayne told me, ‘Banner, this is exactly what I’m looking for. I know you want to be creative, I know you want to do this, but right now, for the stuff that I have already done on the album, this is the lane that I need.’ And I super-served that. The lane was just bangers. Nothing that you really have to think about. I’m talking straight, in your face bangers.”

“I have no idea if it will make the album. You’ll probably know before I do. But honestly to me, it doesn’t really matter whether it makes it or not. If those Gatorade commercials keep coming, I ain’t tripping off no rapper. I get paid more doing advertisements anyway. But I know for a fact he’s recorded songs on two or three beats I made. But you know, originally I had six on Tha Carter III. But when it came out, it was one.”

On his relationship with Wayne…

“Wayne works a lot so you never know what he’s going to pick at the end. I’ve had to buy tracks back because they will call me the week before it’s time to cut like, ‘Banner are these tracks open?’ I’m calling other people like, ‘Yeah man. You know that track I sold you? I’ll give you double what you paid for it.’ [Laughs.] So now, I do a separate batch for Wayne that I don’t even play for anybody else. There’s not too many records that are going to do what Wayne does. So having one or two on something of that stature, that’s worth holding a couple beats to the side.”

“Wayne is recording all the time. People look at the swag, the hair, and the tattoos, but they never talk about his work ethic. While everyone else is in the club trying to take advantage of their stardom or spotlight, Wayne is in the studio, writing, and thinking of ideas. You want to know where Wayne is right now? He’s probably recording. If I had to pick what dude is doing, I’d put $50,000 up at just about any time of the day and say he’s probably doing something that has to do with a mic.”

“The thing that I like about Wayne—probably with the exception of Devin The Dude—Wayne loves music. He wants to hear everything. He wants to hear 80 beats. Not so much because he wants to rap on it, but because he loves music so much. He just stands in front of the speakers. I mean, literally in front of those big ass, loud ass speakers, and put his head in the speakers and just stays there. He turned back and looked at me like, ‘I like that.’ It was so funny because he walked past me and said, ‘That Death Of A Pop Star…amazing.’ And he walked out.”

Behind the scenes footage from Game’s “Red Nation” video shoot featuring Tunechi, and Birdman makes a cameo.

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  • CooLJaY


  • chris

    first YMCMB

  • ryan

    1st niggersss i hate weezy he sucks fuck c4

  • Luc@zZz

    ryan = LOSER

  • Shizzle97

    @Ryan, so wtf r u doing on a web site that is specificly for Weezy! SO MANY HATERS! N ur not even first, dum ***

  • Morris

    C4 all da way …,y’all jst leave Ryan alone …..sucker for attention

  • Shizzle97

    @Morris Lol, fineee

  • darnell m

    b;s up hoes down #trinidad

  • ryan

    haha ik im a wayne fan i just wanted to see what yall dick riders would say


    Bs up hoes down

  • Terrence Cmatta

    ryan go hide in tha dustbin….C4 bitces Most wack ass Gonna Die When Dis Shit cum In June

  • Morris

    Lmao Ryan was s hard dick to swallow on his first comment to all you wayne dick riders…..smfh including me

  • ronstar

    im n th zone lyk th secondary no lie bitch im fly than the percenary im a dog ,@ the beach fck the vertinary

  • ronstar


  • AGA

    whats the matter u r first or last..stop this shitttt!!!! it’s the blog of the realest rap star in the world and i hope all the world read it… matter u r first or last….paussss

  • Nurse91


  • AGA

    Weezy 4 life

  • Yung’ Chriz

    RED NATION!!!! THE More i listen to this the more I like it… 😀

  • YeahBaby

    Wayne lookin’ sexy !!

  • tune777


  • Waynes Lyrics

    LOL!!!!! look how high Wayne is at 1:43 ahahaha

  • lets go david banner make some bangers we need them. Tha Carter 4 june 21!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    was i the only one notesing waynes super RED eyes? my second questions goes: was that some type of lenses or was that weed? haha YMCMB!!

  • @LastQueenYM

    You know what Nurse91 I’m *dead* u REALLY make me Laughing my ass off, because I am always sayin the same=P I love YMCMB– Stunna, but I feel like he need to stop be on ALL these video! He need to go on studio recording song, lmao! But I like him! (:(: Anyway, Ooh the vid look dope;) And D. banner this is BLA BLA BLA Lmao! I want a song, not a story! (:

  • Mediatakeout TRYNA get WEEZY arrested look war they posted on their website

  • Weezy fan

    just saying weezy looks high as a mother fucker

  • Gagiiiiiii

    looks like Weezy is back on his Blunts .. haha niiiiiiccceeeeeeee 😀

    Weezy+Weed = Martian Music !!!!!

    Tha Carter IV !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • UncleBlueJuice

    chicken nootle soup with a soda on the side

  • LA

    DAVID BANNER BEATZ>>>>>>>>>>

  • Danny M

    “Waynes World” Carter IV track coming tomorrow 😀

  • drizzyNweezyFB

    ^^YEEESSSSSSSSSS!!! ‘Tonite i’ll prolly fuck another nigga’s girl. party time excellent. wayne’s world.’ I hope it really does drop cause i cant wait to hear that track !!

  • JC

    Hell yeah bout time we get a fact from danny instead of these people just Makin shit up such as dedication 4 coming out tomorrow smh.

  • real_G

    Not Tha real Danny he woulda sent a tweet first

  • Lil_E23


  • Danny M

    lol got you!!!!

  • waynedude

    dude WTF this nigga is SO high.
    Look how he tilts the brim down on his eyes..

  • Allen

    Found this…..
    “Wayne’s World,” one of the songs expected to make his highly-anticipated album. “There’s a lot of rapping on this,” shared Weezy. “I want other rappers to hear it and say, ‘I quit. I better start making club songs.'” The magazine goes on to describe the track as “three machine-gunning minutes of adenoidal wordplay topped with a triumphant hook.” (Rolling Stone)

    ….I doubt it drops anytime soon, but maybe it will

  • Danny M

    ^^^ lol radness

  • that’s what’s up david banner 🙂 and red nation video is going to be sick. i can’t wait till the red nation music video drops tomorrow 🙂

  • Danny M

    @ Allen

    Kind of like 3 peat? i bet so i hope crazier tho

  • Nak Nak

    i remember reading the article in rolling stones…. ha waynes world sounds like, the best thing ever? who agrees?

  • Wayne’s Dick

    Get off me, you faggots.

  • Danny M

    ^^^ homo thinkin about dicks

  • Wayne’s Dick

    Will you get off me already? I’m made for girls.

  • weezyfan43ver

    Game Feat Weezy – Red Nation MUSIC VIDEO –>

  • Pingback: Game – Red Nation (Feat Lil Wayne) [Music Video] | Lil Wayne HQ()


    fuck haterz took eminems little balls in your mouth the time will come if weezy drop d4 and killing all these niggaz.respect for my nigga lil wayne. germany russia usa

  • codered87

    I cant wat for the albume to finally get here.

  • LilZuu

    d.banner – that was def. cool, I love hearing about other artists respect and appreciation for what wayne does and how hard he works. I’m looking forward to C-IV!!! It’s gonna be interesting who runs the game this summer.

  • boondrizzy

    This is one of the best music videos I’ve seen.

  • Weezy b da f**kn bst rapper alive, no doubt!