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The pre-release hype for The Greatest Story Ever Told claimed the album would find David Banner "connecting on a larger scale," with "social commentary at its finest" being the heart of the album. On the opening "So Long," the underappreciated rapper connects and offers compelling commentary at a furious rate, whipping through topics such as 9/11, the shooting of Sean Bell, and the war on Iraq before landing on the apathy he sees everywhere: "This is Banner's middle finger!" is aimed not just at the oppressors but the generation that won't fight back, all done over a Get Cool 3000 production that's as busy, layered, and fascinating as the track's lyrics. This promising opener gives way to an album that never dips below good, and often borders on excellent, but it's almost as if two very different full-lengths were mixed together. Greatest Story never figures out how to mix Banner's brave new world with the comfortable tracks it falls back on, allowing listeners to bail whenever they feel like it and undermining his apathy argument in the process. When the brilliant rebirth of "G.S.E.T. Intro" gives way to the predictable club track "Suicide Doors," it diminishes the power of both. Even more unbelievable is how "A Girl" offers the unsettling "Do you like it when I grab your neck?/And squeeze it til your face turn blue?/Could you please come and sign this waiver/If pass out girl you can't sue" (a female voice answers all these questions with a "Yeah Daddy"), and then "Syrup Sipping" gets deep and ponders how "we then subliminally became what they think we are anyway." Banner is a complex man who skillfully testifies in front of Congress on the most dangerous of issues — the impact of gangsta rap lyrics — and his ability to balance his intelligence with his brutish side is what has made his previous albums so memorable. Here his Hulk half brings the topical "wake up America" message to a halt, creating an experience that's beyond frustrating. Dismantle, reconstruct, then split, and The Greatest Story Ever Told earns decent marks — it's just hard not to focus on the handful of cuts that point to what could have been.

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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

Nothing Special

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.


Nacido(a): 11 de abril de 1973 en Jackson, MS

Género: Hip-Hop/Rap

Años de actividad: '90s, '00s, '10s

Una mitad del dúo de rap Crooked Lettaz, David Banner, ayudó a colocar a Mississippi en el mapa en 1999. En el 2000, lanzó su primer álbum solista, Them Firewater Boyz, Vol. 1. Originalmente con Penalty Records, rápidamente se dio cuenta de que una disquera con base en Nueva York no sabría cómo manejar el sur. Con la ayuda de su banda, él logró vender 10.000 copias de su primer álbum en su pueblo natal. Se lanzó nacionalmente...
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