Get Like Me (David Banner song)

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"Get Like Me"
Single by David Banner featuring Chris Brown
from the album The Greatest Story Ever Told
ReleasedMarch 12, 2008[1]
FormatCD single, digital download
GenreHip hop, Southern rap
Songwriter(s)Levell Crump, Jasiel Robinson, Tanner and Vice
David Banner singles chronology
"Get Like Me"
"You're Everything"
Chris Brown singles chronology
"No Air"
"Get Like Me"
"Take You Down"

"Get Like Me" is the second single from David Banner's sixth album, The Greatest Story Ever Told. The song features Chris Brown and samples several lines from "It's Goin' Down" by fellow rapper Yung Joc, who, while not officially credited or featured, appears in the song's music video. There was an alternate version of the song featuring Jim Jones, but label troubles prevented his version from being released.


Allmusic editor David Jeffries highlighted the song.[2] Robert Christgau also highlighted it.[3] Sputink Music's Maximilan Harknes wrote a positive review: "Another song that stands out on the album is the big hit single Get Like Me in all of its spastic, mainstream goodness (except Chris Brown‘s verse) (...) David Banner’s production gives the “Ballin!“ feel (“Get Like Me”)."[4] Andrew Graham called this song banger.[5]

Music video[edit]

The video was shot at Los Angeles and directed by Ulysses Terrero. Chris Brown guest-stars in the video, as does Yung Joc. Cameos include Barry Bonds, Gabrielle Union, and the Maloof family brothers Gavin and Joe. The music video was released May 13, 2008 on BET's 106 & Park, but was leaked a few days earlier.[6] Banner is seen at two points in the video wearing a shirt saying "I miss Pimp C", a reference to the deceased southern rapper. He also goes on and says in the song, "I got Chad in my heart, and DJ Screw in my cup." Chad was Pimp C's first name.


Lil Wayne released a freestyle of "Get Like Me", titled "Stuntin" with Canadian rapper Drake, on his mixtape Dedication 3. The official remix features Jim Jones.


The song first appeared on the US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at number 10 but that version featured Jim Jones after two weeks on the chart, peaked at 93 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, it fell off so the official single without Jim Jones could chart.[7] This single has proven to be David Banner's second most successful to date, hitting number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, after "Play", which hit number seven.

Chart (2008) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 16
US Billboard Pop 100 38
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 7
US Billboard Hot Rap Songs 2
US Billboard Rhythmic Airplay 1


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[8] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ FMQB: Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more! Archived October 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
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  6. ^ David Banner - Get like Me music video.
  7. ^ Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs-Get Like Me
  8. ^ "American single certifications – Chris Brown – Get". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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