After working with the likes of Lil Wayne and T.I., MC/producer David Banner is adding Quincy Jones to his resume.
The rapper, who will release his fourth album, “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” tomorrow (July 15) via SRC/Universal, recently joined a hand-picked group who will remix selections from Jones’ catalog.
“Quincy Jones got me, Akon, Pharrell Williams and T-Pain and allowed us to choose and remake our favorite songs,” says Banner of the project, a date for which has yet to be set. “I chose ‘Give Me the Night’ by George Benson with Jamie Foxx singing it.”
While Banner has recently crafted beats for Nelly, Chris Brown and Snoop Dogg’s upcoming projects, his bigger focus was on making “The Greatest Story Ever Told” as diverse as possible.
“If you’re into political and spiritual stuff like ‘Cadillac on 22’s,’ that’s on there for you,” says Banner. “If you like street stuff, that’s on there. I tell my story of coming up to New York alone from Mississippi and being homeless in the garment district. No one’s heard that before.”
First single “Get Like Me” featuring Chris Brown is No. 15 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week. The MC says his second single is “Shawty Say” and the clip should hit mainstream video channels at the end of the month.
“People keep saying that they’ve been waiting on better music and it’s here,” says Banner.
Banner’s last album, 2005’s “Certified,” has moved 331,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.