The Greatest Story Ever Told (David Banner album)

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The Greatest Story Ever Told
Studio album by David Banner
Released July 15, 2008
Recorded 2006-2008
Genre Hip hop
Length 77:53
Label Universal Motown, SRC
Producer Akon, Cool & Dre, David Banner, Deezle, Lil Jon, Nitti, Warryn Campbell
David Banner chronology
The Greatest Story Ever Told
Death of a Pop Star
Singles from Greatest Story Ever Told
  1. "9mm"
    Released: July 10, 2007
  2. "Get Like Me"
    Released: March 25, 2008
  3. "Shawty Say"
    Released: August 1, 2008
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 57/100 [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention) [3]
Entertainment Weekly (C+) [4]
IGN Music (7.1/10) [5]
Okayplayer (65/100) [6]
Pitchfork Media (4.8/10) [7]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars [8]
The Boston Phoenix 2.5/4 stars [9]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[10]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars [11]

The Greatest Story Ever Told is the sixth studio album by American rapper and record producer David Banner, released on July 15, 2008, under Universal Motown and SRC Records.


The first single from the album is called "Speaker", better known by its explicit title "9mm". It features Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and Akon. The track was produced by Akon. The second single is "Get Like Me", which features Chris Brown. The third single is "Shawty Say", which features Lil Wayne and samples Lollipop. The music video premiered on FNMTV on August 1, 2008.

Guest appearances include Akon, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, UGK, Yung Joc, Chamillionaire, Carl Thomas, Jim Jones, and more. In addition to rapping, Banner will also be among his own list of producers, joining Nitti, Get Cool 3000, Warryn Campbell, Deezle and Cool and Dre, who also produced two tracks for the album, entitled "A Girl" and "Fuck You Hoes." Banner put three instrumental tracks on his album. During an appearance on 106 & Park, he confirmed that this was to help up-and-coming artists by letting them rap on the beats after purchasing the album.


The album debuted on number eight on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 51,800 copies in its first week.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "So Long"   L. Crump, W. Poole Get Cool 3000 3:43
2. "G.S.E.T." (Intro) L. Crump, W. Campbell Warryn Campbell 1:30
3. "Suicide Doors" (featuring UGK & Kandi) B. Freeman, C. Butler, C. Harris, D. Hart, D. Quinn, K. Burruss, L. Crump David Banner 4:14
4. "9mm" (featuring Akon, Lil Wayne & Snoop Dogg) A. Thiam, C. Broadus, D. Carter, L. Crump Akon 4:08
5. "T.I. Speaks" (Interlude)   David Banner 2:11
6. "Get Like Me" (featuring Chris Brown & Yung Joc) C. Brown, Jasiel Robinson, L. Crump David Banner 3:45
7. "Shawty Say" (featuring Lil Wayne) D. Carter, L. Crump David Banner 3:38
8. "A Girl"   A. Lyons, L. Crump, M. Valenzano Cool & Dre 5:00
9. "Syrup Sipping (Banner Beat Break)"   L. Crump   1:12
10. "Hold On"   A. Green, L. Crump, M. Williams, W. Mitchell David Banner 4:43
11. "Cadillac on 22's (Part 2)"   L. Crump, M. Hartnett David Banner 4:18
12. "Uncle Swac" (Interlude)   David Banner 1:28
13. "I Get By" (featuring Carl Thomas) C. Thomas, D. McKenzie, I. Hayes, L. Crump Davel 'Bo' McKenzie 3:25
14. "Freedom" (Interlude)     1:03
15. "B.A.N. (The Love Song)"   B. Keyes, L. Crump, S. Robinson David Banner 4:25
16. "Fuck You Hoes" (featuring Jim Jones) A. Lyons, J. Jones, L. Crump, M. Valenzano Cool & Dre 4:28
17. "Marz (Banner Beat Break)"   L. Crump David Banner 1:10
18. "Ball With Me" (featuring Chamillionaire) C. Moore, H. Seriki, L. Crump Nitti 3:26
19. "K.O."   L. Crump David Banner 3:53
20. "Fly" (featuring Jazze Pha) L. Crump, P. Alexander David Banner, Jazze Pha 3:10
21. "Faith"   D. Winslow, L. Crump, W. Campbell Warryn Campbell 3:38
22. "Wealth (Banner Beat Break)"   L. Crump David Banner 1:17

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 8
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 3