Mississippi rapper David Banner has blasted the US media for ignoring his efforts to raise cash for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Banner insists that news media in America has all but forgotten about the August (05) disaster, which ravaged parts of his home state, Louisiana and Alabama, and he maintains there's nothing he can do to highlight charity efforts like his own.

The rapper, who has raised over $500,000 (GBP277,780) for Katrina victims through his Heal the Hood Foundation, insists the relief effort is still going strong, with friends like 50 CENT and Nelly helping out, but it needs publicity.

He tells MTV News, "To be a young black male and be able to pull off something with 17 of the greatest artists ever and then not really get the full exposure to really show other young black males what you can do for your own community, it was sort of a blow.

"If I was beefing with somebody or shot somebody, it would be all over the marquee everywhere."