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Rick Ross – Teflon Don | Album Review

July 19th, 2010 | by Henry Yanney

Whilst many titles in Hip Hop continue to be disputed (King of N.Y., King of the South) the crown of “Boss” remains on the head of one Rick Ross. Since his arrival via the Port of Miami in 2006 Ross has reached the lofty heights akin to one of cinema’s notorious figures, Tony Montana. With ferocity in his musical output and surviving 50 Cent’s onslaught, the Teflon Don LP no longer sits merely as another Rick Ross album but as an important release which echoes anticipation similar to classics of yesteryear.

Teflon Don sees Ross’ boastful, abrasive style of rap attack the signature sounds of producers J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, No I.D., Kanye West, Danja and Clark Kent amongst others almost in a bid to prove he really is the top dog. On that very theme, the anthemic production of “I’m Not A Star” allows Ricky Ross to play ‘Baws’ as the joys of his fast lifestyle are celebrated in all its glory.

A somewhat average opener is then followed by one of many brilliant collaborations on the album; “Free Mason” is a hands-to-the-sky-middle-finger-to-all salute which has John Legend take care of hook duties as Jay-Z delivers a timeless verse.

Rick Ross ft. Jay-Z x John Legend – “Free Mason”:

If John Legend’s vocals weren’t enough, Cee-Lo’s powerful lungs add more emotion to the moving “Tears Of Joy”. The next installment of the now legendary “Maybach Music” series follows, where the dream team lineup of Jadakiss, T.I. and Erykah Badu does great service to the already esteemed Maybach legacy.

With “I’m Not A Star” being the only track where Rozay goes solo, it could be imagined that the guest spots may clutter the album. But all the superstar additions do is add to the hunger of Rick Ross’ verses – just check his verses on “Live Fast, Die Young” featuring Kanye West.

The tracks “MC Hammer”, “B.M.F” and “Super High” featuring Ne-Yo sit well on the album despite having already featured on the Albert Anastasia EP – but even if some find the mixtape tracks played out, the empirical “Aston Martin Music” alongside Chrisette Michelle and Drake truly makes up for any repetition (although the extended mix with Drake’s verse should have been added).

In just under 50 minutes of music, Rick Ross has delivered one of the standout albums of the year. A brilliant score which balances epic beats with champagne compositions and lush choruses, The Boss has re-ignited the mafioso rap genre with a quality which many have chased for years.

Whilst some may think it’s fifteen minutes too short or congested with collaborations, Teflon Don speeds way past the consistent mark and enters into brilliance territory –  a feat which will will be hard to top for the rest of the year.

Teflon Don is out now via Maybach Music Group/Def Jam.


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  3. Bobby says:

    RIck Ross is a complete phony but this album was hot, that cannot be denied. I don’t really care about the whole probation officer thing that guy has bars and he’s laying em down hot album.

  4. BIG LEE says:

    Fuck everybody who hatin ROSS not that im on his dick. But every single this nigga make is a hit. Every ablum was hard. Come on can’t nobody can be big. But he tis era ross is pretty close to biggie sound of music big records. TEflon don is a classic the don took me back 94 or 95. Like SUPER HIGH is a classic sound like a biggie record and TEARZ OF JOY LIVE FAST DIE YOUNG. Ross flow is the sicest right now dude ill wit it. And the next he might fuck wit dr. dre. Cant wait to hear that and wit diddy be he pussy. dont respect money respect real niggaz.

  5. Vanessa says:

    I’m such a fan of Rick Ross and I’ve been hearing such good things about Teflon Don. I need a good rap album after my disappoint of Thank Me Later lol.

    Rick Ross is dope, there’s no getting around that and I know I’ll love the album, but only having one song by himself and the rest all features is a bit much. It’s not really his album, its more ‘Rick Ross and friends’

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