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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The money rolls in, the inspiration drains out. It happens to a lot of artists. David Banner, however, does not fall into that camp. Now that he knows he has a lot of people paying attention, built on the popularity of Mississippi: The Album and MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water, he's more fired up and outspoken than ever, fearlessly and descriptively expressing the rage he feels for the way his people have been treated throughout history, whether the events went down centuries or weeks ago. Needless to say, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, going down as he was promoting this album, must be giving him loads of thoughts and feelings to work through for his next release. As ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The money rolls in, the inspiration drains out. It happens to a lot of artists. David Banner, however, does not fall into that camp. Now that he knows he has a lot of people paying attention, built on the popularity of Mississippi: The Album and MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water, he's more fired up and outspoken than ever, fearlessly and descriptively expressing the rage he feels for the way his people have been treated throughout history, whether the events went down centuries or weeks ago. Needless to say, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, going down as he was promoting this album, must be giving him loads of thoughts and feelings to work through for his next release. As on his past albums, Banner has all the bases covered, so there's also plenty of material to soundtrack an orgy of any variety, and even those moments are intense and sound like very pointed protest songs. Every other chorus seems to be have been written for a mob of some kind, while the production work -- handled mostly by Banner, along with contributions from Jazze Pha, Lil Jon, Maestro, Get Cool, and a couple others -- takes on a number of dimensions without making for a disjointed listen. If Certified has one problem, it's the overabundance of features that eats up too much time. Banner could hold down every aspect of an album on his own, no problem, so all the guest spots show that he's actually the one being supportive. Scanning the list -- from Lil Boosie to Talib Kweli, from Jagged Edge to Too Short -- also demonstrates his range rather than desperation to appeal across styles and ideologies. If the album has a second problem, it's that "Play" is a little too similar to the Ying Yang Twins' "Wait The Whisper Song" also produced by Michael "ColliPark" Crooms, even if it's no less amazing, fitted with screwed-and-chopped sirens and frenzied electronic squiggles and with that, Ludacris' "Splash Waterfalls" is almost completely erased from existence. Certified certifies that Banner is as crucial to hip-hop in the early 2000s as any other MC. Whether in conscious mode or not, he's at the top, and he's taking all his family and friends with him to celebrate. [A clean version of the album was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2005
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 602498832035
  • Catalog Number: 000497602
  • Sales rank: 368,010

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lost Souls (3:13)
  2. 2 Treat Me Like (3:53)
  3. 3 Gangster Walk (3:40)
  4. 4 2 Fingers (3:29)
  5. 5 Play (3:50)
  6. 6 Touching (3:51)
  7. 7 Thinking of You (5:03)
  8. 8 On Everything (4:09)
  9. 9 Certified (4:11)
  10. 10 Ain't Got Nothing - Lil' Boosie (3:52)
  11. 11 Bloody War (4:27)
  12. 12 Westside (3:32)
  13. 13 Take Your (4:42)
  14. 14 My Life (3:56)
  15. 15 Ridin' (4:34)
  16. 16 X-Ed (3:41)
  17. 17 Crossroads (3:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Banner Primary Artist
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson Bass
Vijay Iyer Keyboards
Jazze Pha Background Vocals
Craig Love Guitar
Michael Crooms Keyboards
Mike Hartnett Guitar
El Maestro Keyboards
Darren Dodd Drums
Billy Hume Bass, Guitar
Kevin Rudolf Bass, Guitar
Sky Vocals, Background Vocals
Jake Arnold Guitar
Laurent "Tippie" Alfred Guitar
Get Cool Keyboards
Gregory Jackson Bass
Technical Credits
Nile Rodgers Composer
C.P. Love Composer
Chris Flam Producer
John Frye Engineer
J.C. Phillips Composer
T. Shaw Composer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Jazze Pha Producer
Craig Love Producer
Jason Arnold Composer
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith Producer
Michael Crooms Programming, Producer
Fredrick "Toxic" Taylor Engineer
Mike Hartnett Producer
El Maestro Producer
Billy Hume Producer, Engineer
Robb Williams Engineer
C.C. Mitchell Composer
T. Hatch Composer
Dave Dar Engineer
Chris Carmouche Engineer
Joe Spix Art Direction
Kevin Rudolf Producer
Jake Arnold Producer
Gary Fly Engineer
Down Beat Production Collective Producer
Get Cool Programming, Producer
M-1 Engineer
Steve Fisher Engineer
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