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Hip-Hop star David Banner recently inspired a group of local high schoolers after hearing about the teams setbacks during the season.
Banner gave a pep talk to the Buena Park Coyotes in California, a team that made their way to the playoffs for the first time in ten years, despite numerous obstacles during the school year.
The socially conscious rapper was moved by team's tenacity, in spite of the teens dealing with serious issues, such as domestic violence at home, peer pressure, gang influence and in some cases, death.
"All of my life people, even in my own family, told me I would never make it," David Banner told the teenagers. "When I went on to graduate from Southern University with my bachelor’s with a GPA of 3.9, I felt like I could do anything. Then when I went on to make it in rap, I knew I could do anything. I knew it was bigger than rap though."
Banner explained the trajectory of his own career to the football team, the adversity he faced as a rapper/Grammy Award winning producer and how he dealt with numerous obstacles as an artist from Mississippi attempting to make his mark on the music industry.
"The one thing I want you guys to take away from this is whether you win or lose a football game, it’s bigger than football," David Banner told the students. "It’s about staying true to who you are and knowing you can make a differnce and never giving up.” Buena Park lost in the first round of the playoffs but won the respect of their league."
On December 21st, David Banner will release his collaboration album with 9th Wonder titled Death of A Popstar, through E1.