As the heavily anticipated Death Of A Pop Star album release date approaches, David Banner took a few moments of his time during a recent studio session to talk about the collaborative album he’s releasing this summer with 9th Wonder.

Banner talks passionately about what the album represents, both for him and for hip-hop – Death Of A Pop Star isn’t just another run-of-the-mill Hip Hop album. For Banner, the album represents Hip Hop beyond the quickly compiled throwaway projects, which Banner claims are hurting more than helping the art. Feeling trapped in this modern trend, the album is a breath of fresh air and a way for artists and fans to work toward achieving a musical balance.

David Banner and 9th Wonder’s collaborative album, Death Of A Pop Star, drops this summer via Big Face Entertainment.