Levell Crump, aka David Banner (as inspired by the Incredible Hulk TV character), almost singlehandedly put Mississippi on the hip-hop map. After parting from original group Crooked Lettaz, Banner released four albums in five years, culminating with 2008's GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD. His greatest success came with 2005's CERTIFIED, which showcased his idiosyncratic take on the then-ubiquitous crunk style, including a sharp lyrical depth. Banner's social awareness has been demonstrated in testimony before Congress about hip-hop's controversial content, a notorious open letter to today's black leaders, and his vocal outrage at the Hurricane Katrina disaster. He has also appeared as an actor in films such as BLACK SNAKE MOAN.