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Exclusive: David Banner Talks Creating “Ladies Love Me” With Justin Bieber And Chris Brown

Justin Bieber, David Banner, and Chris Brown

How exactly do you get two of the world’s biggest pop stars on one of the hottest hip-hop hooks-turned-even hotter mixtape track? Neon Limelight had the opportunity to find out just that as we caught up with rapper/actor/activist/producer David Banner; the mastermind behind Chris Brown and Justin Bieber’s ode to the obvious, “Ladies Love Me.”

The stand-out track from Breezy’s latest mixtape offering, Boy In Detention, came together with some natural effort as Banner had both artists together in the studio for the collaboration. “One of the things I don’t like about modern music is that people don’t work together anymore. That’s the reason I love this track so much,” Banner shared. “The music was done with Justin Bieber and Chris Brown in the studio together. Me, Chris, Kevin McCall, all of us were in the studio together coming up with ideas. And I wanted to do that ‘Ladies love me, I’m on my cool J.’ I had been telling Chris that we needed to do that a couple songs ago, because I had actually been working on his [upcoming] album [Fortune]. We ended up finding a beat that we wanted to use, and we had a couple of hooks, but it just didn’t fit that collaboration.”

Some of the things the Mississippi rapper had to be particularly conscious about when working on this mega-collaboration were the brands and audiences of the two pop stars. “These are two mega-stars and we have to be very careful with their careers,” he explained. “There are certain songs I wouldn’t put Chris on, regardless of who it’s for, even if it’s for me. We had to be very conscious of that. So I was like, that ‘Ladies Love Me’ is clean. People already sing it. It’s off of Chris’ song, it’s easy. It’s already a hit, regardless of what happens.”

And what happened, particularly when it came time for Bieber’s contribution, took the entire studio by surprise. “I’m very protective of hip-hop, and I would never produce a song if I didn’t think it was jamming,” Banner shared, “and Justin Bieber floored everybody in the studio.” For those questioning the credibility of Shawty Mane’s hustle and flow skills, Banner sets the record straight. “When I look at the blogs, people are trying to dust it like: ‘Did somebody write it? Was it pro-tools-ed together?’ That boy… I actually wanted the very first take. We ended up doing it again, but he spit the whole verse all the way down non-stop. He spit,” Banner clarified, explaining that the Biebs is a true student of hip-hop. “It made me feel good because it shows you the effect of [hip-hop] culture. And for him to study and dissect our culture that way… he really has a respect to spend that much time, because that takes practice to be able to spit and rap like that. And I was impressed.”

While Banner and many others were impressed with Justin’s swagged out flowing skills, of particular note to the “Get Like Me” rapper is the bond the young superstar shares with Chris Brown. “I was really amazed with their friendship and their interaction between each other; how they look out for each other. Because you gotta think, they have pressure, and they’re growing into their manhood with everybody’s eyes on them,” Banner reflected. “Nobody ever talks about that. Nobody ever thinks about how much pressure that is. It’s so uncomfortable growing up period, without anybody looking at you. So with anything that you do to be under that kind of microscope, I think there’s a kinsmanship and a bond that’s grown between them that’s unspoken.”

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  1. I LOVE David Banner!!!!! “Choose Me”

  2. i love justin bieber please come to sudan in love yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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