Respect our Black women! That is the message David Banner hopes gets across in his new song, “Marry Me.”
The 41-year-old, Mississippi rapper released the track on Oct. 23, and soon followed it up with a powerful lyric video that matches the message of the song perfectly. R&B artist Rudy Currence croons the chorus as Banner displays strength in support of women he feels are often lacking in the area.
“This song is for [all] Black women, but it’s especially for the dark-skinned black women,” Banner told Xo Necole. “If you look at our culture, our women don’t feel protected. They don’t feel wanted. You look at most of who so-called people of success cater to—nine times out of 10 it may not be a Black woman at all. And if it is, it’s definitely not ones that look like our cousins or our great-grandmothers. And I said man, if nobody in the world says that they love them and that they respect them and that they want them, it’ll be me.”
He added: “It is very important for me to say that I’ve done enough degrading of our women myself. So, in no way is this downgrading any other rappers or saying what any other black man should do, this is for me. I have some making up to do. I have forgotten myself. With “Play,” even though I really enjoyed it and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that [song] in its proper place, there is no balance.”
Banner acknowledging his role in the demeaning of Black women is commendable and his call for more men to step up to the mantle is also refreshing. Especially during a time when men have recently been called out for their lack of support and love for Black women, but their incessant need to have these women on the front lines of many fights against systemic issues. Especially after a long like Banner’s “Play.”
But he has a message for those who question his motives behind the song.
“Are we going to go as hard for “Marry Me” the song as we do when we criticize black men and women in general,” said Banner, “People always talk about what black men are not doing, but when we do it, it’s just like, we even had somebody to say is it even going to even matter? These are the types of things that we’re going to have to analyze.”
Check out the song and tell us what you think.