Mississippi’s David Banner is gearing up for the fall release of his anticipated new SRC/Universal album, Greatest Story Ever Told.
The new album will be the rapper’s fifth and will follow up 2005’s Certified. It will feature a cast of talented stars including Chris Brown, Jim Jones, UGK, Cool & Dre, Nitti and singer Akon, who is featured on the first single, “Speaker.”
Emerging from more than a year of in-depth humanitarian and philanthropic efforts to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Jackson, Mississippi native was eager to get back into the studio and practice his craft. “Everybody wants to hear the hits and I got ’em,” says Banner of the new album. “But I wouldn’t be calling it The Greatest Story if it also wasn’t truthful. My fans know I’m going to be telling it straight-up however I’m coming.”
Banner and his home-grown charitable organization, “Heal The Hood,” have been honored by the Black Caucus of Mississippi’s state legislature for their Herculean efforts on behalf of the victims displaced by the terrible devastation from Hurricane Katrina. Banner’s “hands-on” philosophy about “affecting” positive change was in full effect during the crisis and its aftermath, with the socially conscious star personally dedicating a year out of his schedule to aid and support those in need, raising more than $500,000, and distributing the funds to dozens of southern communities and organizations in ravaged southern Mississippi, Alabama and New Orleans. The driven activist was also awarded the Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes Humanitarian Award in 2006 by Atlanta radio station Hot 107 in recognition of his selfless humanitarian endeavors.
In support of his forthcoming album, the rap star is slated to join a long line-up of hip-hop’s best on the 2007 Rock The Bells North American Festival Series. Banner will join the Wu-Tang Clan, Rage Against The Machine, Pharoahe Monch, Slum Village, Jedi Mind Tricks and others, on the road, which kicks off on Thursday (July 26).
Greatest Story Ever Told is slated for release October 9.
Below are confirmed dates for the 2007 Rock The Bells Nor – American Festival Dates:
07/26 – Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
07/28 – New York, NY @ Randall’s Island
07/29 – New York, NY @ Randall’s Island
08/7 – Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Center
08/8 – Houston, TX @ Reliant Park
08/11 – San Bernardino, CA @ Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen
08/12 – San Diego, CA Coors @ Amphitheatre (parking lot)
08/18 – San Francisco, CA @ McCovey Cove (parking lot)
08/19 – Sacramento, CA @ TBD
08/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ TBD
08/22 – Denver, CO Red Rocks @ Amphitheatre
08/25 – Minneapolis, MN @ TBD
08/26 – Chicago, IL @ Charter One Pavilion
08/29 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
09/1 – Honolulu, Hawaii @ TBD