After producing 2008’s “La La,” David Banner tells Rolling Stone about his chemistry with Lil Wayne and working on “Tha Carter IV.”
Lil Wayne’s latest album, Tha Carter IV is scheduled to hit stores and online retailers on August 29, and producer and fellow emcee David Banner is hoping to provide the backdrop for the album’s next single. Banner and Wayne worked together on Tha Carter III on the track “La La,” and Banner said he hopes to recapture their 2008 chemistry.
“Hopefully we got the next single,” Banner told Rolling Stone during a recent interview. The versatile Mississippi product said he submitted an unnamed song for Tha Carter IV that was under consideration for the tracklist at the time of the interview. “It’s definitely for the club, it’s beating. It’s a bit different than the approach most producers have taken to club music, because I think a lot of producers try to stay safe and do what everyone else is doing. I don’t think Wayne accepted that at all.”
David Banner added that he usually reserves a selection of beats to submit to Lil Wayne that no other artists are privy to hear until after Wayne decides on his final tracklisting. Having heard most of the material submitted for Tha Carter IV, Banner said no two tracks on the album sounded alike. While Tha Carter III went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 2009, it remains to be seen if Wayne, Banner and the rest of the album’s producers and featured artists can repeat their commercial and critical success.
“I always compare Wayne to Kobe Bryant, because of the fierceness he has for the recording process and his love for the music,” Banner explained. “He always wants to take music to the next level, from learning to play the guitar to venturing out into rock. Lyrically, he’s a beast, and he’s allowed himself to grow.”