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After the usual round of label delays and tracklisting shuffles, David Banner’s fourth solo album has finally come to light. True to its author’s nature, The Greatest Story Ever Told is fiercely conflicted, an album torn between mainstream aspirations and revolutionary ideals. It's unlikely that 2008 will see a more incendiary rap song than “So Long;” with unparalleled venom, Banner tears into the police establishment, as well as his complacent peers in the rap industry. The song’s opening verse should be a contender for the year’s best: “When do we stop playing / When do we stop pimpin and start spraying / 50 shots for every cop that shot Sean Bell, his body laying / But they don’t quit cause they know that our generation won’t do s**t.” “A Girl” and “Fly” are hollow imitations of Banner’s raunchy smash hit “Play,” but on the other hand, “Shawty Say,” “Get Like Me” and especially the brilliant posse cut “9mm” are some of Banner’s best club songs to date. But the real gems are hidden on the album’s second half. “Hold On,” “I Get By,” and “B.A.N. (The Love Song)” are haunting and imaginative productions that exhibit Banner’s inimitable mixture of empathy and outrage.

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David Banner - The Greatest Story Ever Told

David Banner is back after "Certified" and he's definitely on top of his game. "9mm" was a hit song and same with "Get Like Me." Lets see how the rest of the album did. After several delays, lets hope he put out a hot one. Track By Track: 1. So Long: What a great way to start out the album. The beat is hot and Banner sounds great. It introduces the album and it may be one of the better tracks. We'll see. 4/5 2. G.S.E.T. Intro 3. Suicide Doors: Awesome track here as one of the greatest groups in hip hop, UGK, join in. Deceased, Pimp C (R.I.P.) sounds good as Bun does his thing. David Banner sounds great once again. 4.5/5 4. 9mm: The first single and easily my favorite song off the album. Lil Wayne is an animal and owns his verse, Akon sounds fantastic on the hook, David Banner sounds good, and Snoop represents. All in all, the track goes to Wayne. Everyone sounds great though. Banger! 5/5 5. T.I. Speaks (Interlude) 6. Get Like Me: The second single off the album and although I didn't like it at first, it grew on me. Banner borrows Joc's lines from "It's Goin' Down" and it actually works and sounds great. Chris Brown actually fits in as the track may take my second or third favorite off the album. Banger! 5/5 7. Shawty Say: Wow, awesome song here. The only two things that bug me are, one, Banner only uses Wayne's lines from "Lollipop", and two, Lil Wayne isn't given a verse. Nonetheless, Wayne's lyrics do fit with the beat and Banner creates another banger. This is the third single off the album and definitely out does "Get Like Me." 5/5 8. A Girl: The track isn't great. I don't like Banner's flow on this one and the beat is only adequate. The song is alright but the hook just gets kind of irritating. 3/5 9. Syrup Sipping (Banner Beat Break) 10. Hold On: Featuring Marcus, the track is alright. Banner flows nicely as I don't really know who Marcus is. 3.5/5 11. Cadillac On 22's Pt. 2: The song actually sounds kind of nice. Banner story tells a little bit as the beat gets a little irritating. Nonetheless, it's good to here Banner's softer side. 3.5/5 12. Uncle Swac (Interlude) 13. I Get By: Featuring R&B singer, Carl Thomas, the song is alright. Carl Thomas shouldn't have been added as the song would've worked a lot better and even sounded good with Banner flowing alone. It would've been decent, but Carl Thomas actually kind of ruined the song. 3/5 14. Freedom (Interlude) 15. B.A.N. (The Love Song): I actually heard this track a while ago on a mixtape. The track has its good points and down points. The good points are the snare is pure fire as the beat is one of the better ones and Banner flows nicely. The only downfall is the hook. I'm not a fan of hearing some guy scream. Banner's flow still makes the track hot though. 3.5/5 16. F*** You H***: Featuring Jim Jones, the track is ok. Banner flows nicely as he creates a solid banger. Jim Jones sounds decent as the song is pretty good. 3.5/5 17. Marz (Banner Beat Break) 18. Ball With Me: You know what? I take it back. This is the second best track on the album. Chamillionaire, as always, sounds great as Banner also sounds fantastic. Nitty produces an incredible beat and an incredible track. Banger, banger, banger! 5/5 19. K.O.: Hot beat as Banner sounds great. His flow is insane as the track takes different turns. The beat king of creates a rollercoaster and we're invited for the ride. It's a fun ride too. 4/5 20. Fly: Jazze Pha definitely saves the track from Banner's sad effort as the beat sounds good. Banner sounds different here as Jazze Pha sounds fantastic. The track is pretty good, but not great. 3.5/5 21. Faith: Oh ya, it's a banger. The beat is one with heavy bass and ends up being a total banger. Banner sounds good here as the track ends up being better than I thought. 4/5 22. Wealth (Banner Beat Break) All in all, Banner put out a pretty hot album here. I didn't like the number of interludes as there were far too many and I wish his beats (during the breaks) would've been put to use. "Faith" was the true ending to the album and I guess it wasn't a horrible way to end the album. It may have actually been good if the beat break didn't follow it. Anyway, Banner definitely knows how to create bangers as he didn't totally satisfy my expectations but he didn't make me think any less of him. I thought he would have more and better guest appearances but it wasn't a bad thing not having them. Him and Lil Wayne sound good together so I hope they work together again in the future. Banner put out a good album here as I think he will please his core crowd. Overall Score: 4/5

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David Banner's music can hardly be described as catchy. Let's face it: he got lucky with super-sexed-up "Play." Flash forward about three years and we have "The Greatest Story Ever Told," which should be called "The Same Story Being Told Again." His lyrics are typical rap, nothing to set any of these songs apart from the other millions of rap songs. He uses popular artists to entice buyers (Lil Wayne, Chamillionaire, Snoop Dogg, Akon, etc.) but haven't we heard all this before? Is anyone else tired of the same songs over and over again? This album falls short of greatness in all aspects.


Born: April 11, 1973 in Jackson, MS

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

One half of the rap duo Crooked Lettaz, David Banner helped put Mississippi on the map in 1999. In 2000, he released his first solo album in Them Firewater Boyz, Vol. 1. Originally on Penalty Records, he realized quickly that a New York-based record label just didn't know how to handle the south. With the help of his crew, he managed to sell over 10,000 copies of his first album in his hometown alone. He broke out nationally in 2003 with a pair of albums, Mississippi: The Album and MTA2: Baptized...
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