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David Banner releases “Magnolia,” which takes on a different connotation from the official nickname for the state of Mississippi; Magnolia State
(named as such due to the plentiful abundance throughout the state of both the flower and tree). “The song represents the relationship of trees in Mississippi and Africans throughout history” Banner stated to Hotnewhiphop. “The taller the tree, the broader the story, the shorter the tree, the more personal the perspective is. My verse is about the relationship of the magnolia tree and African’s during slavery.”
“Then she started to tell me how she was used in the lynching of blacks/branch cracked/broke her arm just so his neck wouldn’t snap/and if I would not have rapped/I’d probably meet the same damn fate/from the same damn rope/I’m about the same damn weight.”
The God Box
features an all-star cast, including Cee-Lo, Raheem DeVaughn, Big K.R.I.T, Black Thought, Trinidad James, WatchtheDuck & Big Rube and while Dave handles the production on half of the album himself, he also enlists production from DJ Khalil, DJ Swiff, Chris “THX” Goodman and more.