There was a time when rappers were shockingly candid and outspoken, regularly incurring the wrath of politicians and right wingers on a regular basis. By contrast, today’s rap stars avoid politically charged content like the plague. Controversy may sell, but any artist that pushes the envelope too far risks forfeiting all that they have worked for. In such a climate, the presence of an artist like David Banner is refreshing. I’ve always respected his candor and passion. That being said, I’ve never much cared for his musical output save for a few songs. It is for that very reason that I find his new song and video “Swag” to be a shockingly pleasant surprise.