The Greatest Story Ever Told (David Banner album)

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The Greatest Story Ever Told
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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, Davel "Bo" McKenzie, David Banner, Get Cool 3000, Jazze Pha, 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]
The Boston Phoenix 2.5/4 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[9]
USA Today 2.5/4 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. 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. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "So Long"   Get Cool 3000 3:43
2. "G.S.E.T. (Intro)"   Warryn Campbell 1:30
3. "Suicide Doors" (featuring UGK and Kandi) David Banner 4:14
4. "9mm" (featuring Akon, Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg) Akon 4:08
5. "T.I. Speaks (Interlude)"   David Banner 2:11
6. "Get Like Me" (featuring Chris Brown and Yung Joc) David Banner 3:45
7. "Shawty Say" (featuring Lil Wayne) David Banner 3:38
8. "A Girl"   Cool & Dre 5:00
9. "Syrup Sipping (Banner Beat Break)"     1:12
10. "Hold On"   David Banner 4:43
11. "Cadillac on 22's (Part 2)"   David Banner 4:18
12. "Uncle Swac (Interlude)"   David Banner 1:28
13. "I Get By" (featuring Carl Thomas) Davel "Bo" McKenzie 3:25
14. "Freedom (Interlude)"     1:03
15. "B.A.N. (The Love Song)"   David Banner 4:25
16. "Fuck You Hoes" (featuring Jim Jones) Cool & Dre 4:28
17. "Marz (Banner Beat Break)"   David Banner 1:10
18. "Ball With Me" (featuring Chamillionaire) Nitti 3:26
19. "K.O."   David Banner 3:53
20. "Fly" (featuring Jazze Pha) David Banner, Jazze Pha 3:10
21. "Faith"   Warryn Campbell 3:38
22. "Wealth (Banner Beat Break)"   David Banner 1:17


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


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