David Banner was born in Mississippi and to hear him talk about his state it's clear that, despite all the places music has taken him, part of Banner is always there. Hip-hop and regional pride tend to stay in lockstep with each other; however, there's a fierceness to Banner's pride that sets him apart from many other rappers. Perhaps it comes from, as he describes it, Mississippi's status as the "most misconceived state."

Complex spoke with Banner about his state, specifically places for food, drink, and, most importantly to him, history. As you'll be able to tell, the man comes most alive when talking about his state in a grander way, all those things that can't fit in a tourism brochure.