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Banner is best known for his smash hit 'Like A Pimp' and his production work on T.I's 'Rubberband Man'. Now he returns with Certified, featuring the hit 'Ain't Got Nothing'. Guest artists include Jadakiss, Case, Talib Kweli and many more. Universal. 2005.


1. Lost Souls
2. Treat Me Like
3. Gangster Walk
4. 2 Fingers
5. Play
6. F******
7. Thinking Of You
8. On Everything
9. Certified
10. Ain't Got Nothing
11. Bloody War
12. Westside
13. Take Your
14. My Life
15. Ridin'
16. X-ed
17. Crossroads

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 20, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B000A2H3CQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,160 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Charles L. Hubbert on October 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
David Banner is back with a vengeance. He stormed on the scene a couple years back with "Like A Pimp" and the not-so-popular song "Cadillac on 22s" from his debut cd Mississippi The Album. He almost immediately released MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water, a move that was obviously a decision by the label in a failed attempt to capitalize on the success and popularity of "Like A Pimp." The last time somebody did this in recent memory was when DMX put out his first two albums in the same year. The difference between the two is the fact that DMX had multiple tracks off his debut album that had extensive promotion before the second album even hit stores. But after a little time off and a major self-examination, David Banner makes his way back into the spotlight in hopes of expanding his fan base with Certified.

From the looks of the cover for Certified, one might think that it's a more reserve David Banner this time around. By no means is this the case, thankfully. He has made his songs a little more friendly with the inclusion of some R&B cats like Jagged Edge on "2 Fingers" and the almost-forgotten singer Case on "Thinking Of You." And songs like "F*cking" featuring Jazze Pha and the first single "Play" are centered around pleasing the female crowd that we all know loves almost any nasty hip-hop that comes out (a la "Wait/The Whisper Song" and "Get Low"). And David Banner reflects on the inequalities of the world with "My Life" featuring Sky. But that's really the only thing that is less hardcore on the album than with his previous offerings.

Banner has a huge selection of guest stars on the album, a technique that practically every other music artists is utilizing these days.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Maki on November 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
ok..if you want to buy this cd for just play..dont..play is a totally different kind of song than the rest of the cd..i was hesitant to buy this one because i wasnt sure if i liked his first album. i ended up buying it because i had some extra cash and im VERY glad that i bought it. almost every song on here is great. i agree with the reviewer below me about the song "ridin'". it IS very racial but in my opinion also, it is the best song on the cd. talib kweli BLOWS it up on his verse. my favorite line is "and if a white boy ever says this sh*t he'll still get punched right in the mouth"..hmm..other great songs include lost souls, treat me like, 2 fingers..this song took me by surprise..i thought it was going to be a "bubblegum" pop song but i was wrong.. this is my sleeper pick off the album, westside..my other favorite, and crossroads. this album has a lot of guitars in it so if you dont like raps over a guitars or electric guitars than dont bother. david banner just lays it all out on the line for this one...definitely get this one..dont sleep on it, you'll regret it if you do..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Diamond on October 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
A lot of artists succumb to being over produced and *featuring* many other artists on their albums --artists that really don't add anything, except to underscore why we *have* (and need) a cutting room floor.

Not true here. Throughout this album and across the lyrics DB and friends are provocative, thoughtful, and humorous.

Banner = quality
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Rupert on January 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Okay, I'll admit that I was a little ahead of myself when I deemed David Banner a one-hit wonder because of "Like a Pimp" (but just for the record, I still don't like that song). And I REALLY didn't like Mississippi: The Album. But I found myself liking "Play" (although it really shouldn't have been released as a single because it had to have so many edits), so I decided to give him another chance by checking out Certified.

I listened to the album once without being able to get into it, but then I listened to it again and discovered that it really isn't that bad. One problem, though, is that there are too many guest stars on here; Banner is only alone on three of the seventeen tracks ("Lost Souls", "Play" and "Westside"). Fortunately, those are all good songs.

Other good songs are "Gangster Walk", "Treat Me Like" and "Bloody War". Also good is the obligatory song featuring Bun-B, "Take Your". The song also features Too Short and Jazze Pha (another necessary guest star), and it has Too Short dropping a less-than-memorable verse. But that's not too bad because everyone else handles themselves well.

There are still some slip-ups to be found, though, like the tolerable metal-rap attempt on "Crossroads". "2 Fingers" sounds like Banner jacked the beat from J-Kwon's "Tipsy", and it features an out-of-place hook by Jagged Edge. And singer Sky's vocals on "My Life" start out okay but then crash and burn by the end of the song. Furthermore, tracks 6-8 ("F'ng", "Thinking of You" and "On Everything") are pretty skippable.

But the song that made a lot of people upset (myself included) is "Ridin'" with Talib Kweli and dead prez, because to call it racist to be an understatement.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BBGyrl on October 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
David Banner really put all he could into this album and it paid off. It's very different from what I'm used to and I like that he changed it up. He has a lot of good people on the album with him and whole album is just great. There really isn't too much that you can say but to go buy the album for yourself it's worth every penny.

And also EVERYONE should give DB some respect he's true to what he says and it comes from the heart. He's a funny guy and a great rapper but he's also educated and I want EVERYONE to know that. He's not just some dumb rapper that sold drugs to get to where he is. He went to college and has a degree and on top of all that he was broke not too many years ago. Look where he is and what he's doing right now....he's putting money back into the community...he's own money. He deserves respect for that. So before anyone is quick to judge him saying that he isn't all that great, does your favorite rapper give back to the community or does he/she ice up their wrist and neck? Do they buy cars and clothes, not giving a damn about what's going on or remembering what life was like before they made it big? David Banner one the few who cares and I love and respect him for that.
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