While the rapper is going out on tour with , David Banner the producer recently submitted new tracks to and and is especially pleased with a song he made with "Get Like Me" co-star .
"With Chris Brown, we worked on a song called 'Save Me,' " Banner recently said in L.A. "It's wonderful. He was actually influenced by what happened during the hurricanes. It's really a gospel song, to be honest with you. And for me to be able to influence Chris in that way, for him to want to take his career to a whole 'nother level and really gamble in that direction, I was really, really impressed."
Banner, who also has a lucrative side gig as an actor, says his records are very much in demand as an MC and as a track master. Who is he to fight the momentum?
"I'm producing two songs on Lil Wayne's album," Banner said. "I really can't get into that. ... Everyone's asking for a beat, so you got to get it while it's hot. Right now, you name it, I'm working with them. You know, just working on everybody we can get close to. I can tell you the thing I'm most excited about: I just finished working with Quincy Jones. We redid [George Benson's] 'Give Me the Night' with Jamie Foxx. We produced it, me and Warren Campbell. You check that out, it's going to be wonderful also."
Banner and Kweli are currently co-headlining the Sony-sponsored Hip-Hop Live! Tour. B.O.B. and Little Brother will open during various stops. The outing started earlier this month and runs through October 25 at New York's Nokia Theatre Times Square.
"We're coming to a city close to you," DB promised. "Inside the tour bus, we have studios. We're going all over America, a lot of places where rap concerts don't stop. And what's going to be amazing about this tour is that we're getting out there touching people, getting out there being with the fans. You have to be in front of everything going on, so we record [while on tour]."
The remaining Hip-Hop Live! Tour dates, according to the promoters:
» 10/16 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
» 10/18 - Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
» 10/19 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
» 10/20 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
» 10/21 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theatre
» 10/24 - Foxboro, MA @ Showcase Live (Talib Kweli only)
» 10/25 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre Times Square