David Banner doesn't want to be just another rapper who strolls into movies, so the Mississippi rhymer has been spending the past few months in Los Angeles, studying acting in preparation for a movie

David Banner doesn't want to be just another rapper who strolls into movies, so the Mississippi rhymer has been spending the past few months in Los Angeles, studying acting in preparation for a movie career.

"I'm studying this form of talent," Banner says. "I've had opportunities to be in several major movies, but I don't want to just jump in."

Banner says he's always been interested in an acting career, but growing up, he never knew how to get involved in it. "Those opportunities are not readily available, coming from urban situations where you don't know much," he says.

Banner, who's known for hits like "Like a Pimp," says he's learned a lot in his studies -- and he's able to translate it to everyday life. "Acting actually teaches you to be more patient with society," he says. "As an actor, you're able to break down the psyche of people."

Banner, who along with being a solo artist is a member of the Mississippi duo Crooked Lettaz, hasn't given up his rap career though. He's working on a new album that he expects to release next year.

In January, his most recent set, "MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water" (SRC/Universal), reached No. 16 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 69 on The Billboard 200.


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