David Banner & 9th Wonder f/ Heather Victoria "Slow Down" (2010)

9th Wonder: “David Banner and I have a mutual friend by the name of DJ Cuzzin B, who lives now in Washington D.C. So him and David Banner were friends in school at Jackson State University, and they’ve been friends for a while.

”David Banner came through D.C. and hooked up with DJ Cuzzin B and was like, ‘Yo, do you know 9th Wonder?’ He was like, ‘Yeah, that’s my partner.’ So Banner ended up coming to North Carolina. He was supposed to get a couple beats from me, but he ended up getting nine. That’s how Death of a Pop Star came about.

"I was in the lab with Banner, and he's just a crazy dude. He's just very vibrant and animated. What you see is what you get. There’s no fronting, no nothing. You’re not going to get that from him.

"The album cover looks futuristic, and the name of the album is Death of a Pop Star. So what pop star were we talking about? Michael Jackson. That’s why we made a futuristic cover, because what is the world going to sound like, or even look like without him being around?

”We had to basically try to figure out what in the world we're going to do after Michael Jackson died. Because every artist from every genre of music, whether they want to believe it or not, after the year 1984, is influenced by that guy. So what are we going do about music, especially black music, when he’s gone? That’s why the album has a lot of political undertone to it.

"'Slow Down' was a beat I made like six years ago. And the young lady who's singing on it, is actually one of my artists now. Her name is Heather Victoria. At the time she was a student at North Carolina Central University, and I was teaching. That was the joint with a video, and we did that video in the north of Virginia. And the video was a play off They Live. We shot it for two days, and it came out to be dope."

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