See David Banner Swing From the Rafters at Big Rap Show

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Does David Banner practice his rhymes on the treadmill? The Mississippi rap vet didn’t miss a syllable when the “Hip Hop Live” tour hit Nokia Theater Saturday, cannonballing into the crowd during “Like a Pimp” and sprinting to the back of the venue for some face time with the “cheap seats.” Banner had tripped backward over a stage monitor only moments earlier, but for a show with oodles of stage diving, head banging and weirdly impressive somersaulting, his wipeout could have easily been part of the act. During “Play,” Banner hung from the rails of the balcony, looming 40 feet above the crowd, but thankfully did not attempt to reenact the finale of Pearl Jam’s “Evenflow” video. He did, however, cover “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” This, rap dudes, is how you steal the show — even when the bill is loaded with solid sets from B.O.B., Little Brother, and Talib Kweli, each backed by the Rhythm Roots Allstars. See ‘em all in our slideshow.

The crowd congratulates the Atlanta upstart on his ambitious opening set and his sartorial taste. Not pictured: two different colored sneakers, a la Punky Brewster.
When your T-Pain impression eclipses the rest of your performance, it’s time to ditch “Hip Hop Live” for “Kings of Comedy.”
Banner has already plummeted from a few balconies on this tour, so this daredevil moment gave us a painful insta-ulcer.
Banner plunges into the crowd under the assumption that his fans have been hitting the free weights as hard as he has.
Lil Wayne should be taking guitar lessons from this dude.
Talib Kweli ends the evening in style.
See David Banner Swing From the Rafters at Big Rap Show