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David Banner Inducted Into the Mississippi Hall of Fame

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David Banner‘s musical influence was recognized by his home state, as the rapper/producer was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame Tuesday (Jan. 18). The event took place during a private ceremony in Banner’s native Jackson, Miss. As the most recent inductee, Banner joins the likes of former honorees such as Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, and B.B. King. “For so long we travel around the world as artists trying to find our place in the scheme of things,” Banner said in a statement. “There is nothing like being recognized at homeÖI am honored and humbled to be in great musical company.”

According to its website, the MMHOF’s goal is to inform, educate, and celebrate Mississippi as the birthplace of America’s music. In order to obtain induction into the hall of fame, musicians must meet a list of criteria, including being born in the state, be well known in their fields of music, and have appeared on nationally recognized halls, theaters, fairs, etc.

Although mostly known for his rap career, Banner’s production credits are equally impressive. The 38-year-old has produced tracks for the likes of T.I., Lil Wayne and Jay-Z. Also an outspoken advocate of social issues, Banner holds a business degree from Southern University. He went on to pursue a masters degree in education at the University of Maryland, before dropping out to focus on his music. Most recently, Banner teamed with Grammy winning producer 9th Wonder for the album ‘Death of a Pop Star,’ which hit stores in December.

Watch David Banner and 9th Wonder’s ‘Be With You’

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