The Greatest Story Ever Told (David Banner album)

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The Greatest Story Ever Told
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 15, 2008
Recorded2006-2008
GenreHip hop
Length77:53
LabelUniversal Motown, SRC
ProducerAkon, Cool & Dre, Davel "Bo" McKenzie, David Banner, Get Cool 3000, Jazze Pha, Lil Jon, Nitti, Warryn Campbell
David Banner chronology
Certified
(2005)
The Greatest Story Ever Told
(2008)
Death of a Pop Star
(2010)
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
SourceRating
Metacritic57/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 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]
The Boston Phoenix2.5/4 stars[8]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[9]
USA Today2.5/4 stars[10]

The Greatest Story Ever Told is the fifth studio album by American rapper and record producer David Banner. The album was released on July 15, 2008, by 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 and Yung Joc. The third single is "Shawty Say", which features Lil Wayne and samples Lollipop. The music video premiered on FNMTV on August 1, 2008.

The album features guest appearances from 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.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted on number eight on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 51,800 copies in its first week.[11]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."So Long"Get Cool 30003:43
2."G.S.E.T. (Intro)"Warryn Campbell1:30
3."Suicide Doors" (featuring UGK and Kandi)David Banner4:14
4."9mm" (featuring Akon, Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg)Akon4:08
5."T.I. Speaks (Interlude)"David Banner2:11
6."Get Like Me" (featuring Chris Brown and Yung Joc)David Banner3:45
7."Shawty Say" (featuring Lil Wayne)David Banner3:38
8."A Girl"Cool & Dre5:00
9."Syrup Sipping (Banner Beat Break)"David Banner1:12
10."Hold On"David Banner4:43
11."Cadillac on 22's (Part 2)"David Banner4:18
12."Uncle Swac (Interlude)"David Banner1:28
13."I Get By" (featuring Carl Thomas)Davel "Bo" McKenzie3:25
14."Freedom (Interlude)" 1:03
15."B.A.N. (The Love Song)"David Banner4:25
16."Fuck You Hoes" (featuring Jim Jones)Cool & Dre4:28
17."Marz (Banner Beat Break)"David Banner1:10
18."Ball With Me" (featuring Chamillionaire)Nitti3:26
19."K.O."David Banner3:53
20."Fly" (featuring Jazze Pha)David Banner, Jazze Pha3:10
21."Faith"Warryn Campbell3:38
22."Wealth (Banner Beat Break)"David Banner1:17

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[12] 8
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[13] 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews for Greatest Story Ever Told by David Banner". Metacritic. 2008-07-15. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  2. ^ David Jeffries (2008-05-20). "The Greatest Story Ever Told - David Banner | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  3. ^ "CG: david banner". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  4. ^ Vozick, Simon (2008-07-18). "The Greatest Story Ever Told". EW.com. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  5. ^ "David Banner – The Greatest Story Ever Told Review - IGN". Music.ign.com. 2008-07-15. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  6. ^ "David Banner". Web.archive.org. 2008-07-17. Archived from the original on July 20, 2008. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  7. ^ "David Banner: The Greatest Story Ever Told". Pitchfork. 2008-07-17. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  8. ^ ANDREW GRAHAM (2008-07-22). "David Banner - CD Reviews". Thephoenix.com. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  9. ^ "The Greatest Story Ever Told : David Banner : Review : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. 2008-07-10. Archived from the original on 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  10. ^ "Google News". Google.com. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  11. ^ Kaufman, Gil (23 Jul 2008). "Nas Ends Lil Wayne's Billboard Reign With Untitled". MTV.com. Viacom International Inc. Retrieved 22 Jul 2014.
  12. ^ "David Banner Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  13. ^ "David Banner Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 3, 2015.