Posted Aug 26, 2010 in Music | 0 Comments

Rick Ross: Teflon Don

After his highly publicized and long anticipated 2009 album Deeper Than Rap failed to empress the masses, Rick Ross aims to quiet the skeptics with his latest album entitled Teflon Don.

Unlike his last album where he focused mainly on beefs, and only delivered a few memorable songs like “Mafia Music”, “Usual Suspects”, and “Valley Of Death”, Ross steps up his game this time around as he attempts to take his spot back.

Star-wise, the album is packed from top to bottom, as it attempts to hit it out the park with artist like Chrisette Michele, Jay-Z, Cee-Lo, Drake, Erykah Badu, Jadakiss, and Diddy. Just to name a few.
In the producer department, the album doesn’t disappoint either, with names like NO ID, Kayne, DJ Clark Kent, Raphael Saadiq, and the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League amongst others who deliver solid beats throughout.

The third installment of Maybach Music titled “Maybach Muisc III”which has become a fixture of Ross’ albums and mixtapes, features the star-studded trio of Erykah Badu, Jadakiss, and T.I this time around. With the blend of violins and flutes in the background, you get a theatrical feel with this can’t miss track.

For the party-people, the song like “No.1” featuring Trey Songz and Diddy is sure to be hitting a club near you if it hasn’t already.

For fans of the hardcore whether it be lyrics, beats, or a dose of the two, “B.M.F” aka Blowin Money Fast featuring Styles P. is sure to keep the streets happy.

The song “Free Mason” with Jay-Z and John Legend grabs a lot of attention, and rightfully so. Despite the fact that both hip-hop heavyweights only drop one verse each, Rick Ross and the Jigga Man deliver the goods. Ross even leaves you wondering whether or not he’s a member of the secret society.

However, despite the star power on Free Mason, the track “Tears Of Joy” featuring Cee-Lo steals the show on this album.

“Tears Of Joy” speaks literally from the soul. The song starts off with one of the co-founders of the Black Panthers, social activist and revolutionary Bobby Seale (the late Huey P. Newton being the other) addressing a crowd of people, telling them about the importance of power, fighting the police, defending oneself, and organization.

Lyrically Ross holds his own with lines like Biggie Smalls in the flesh living life after my death/yesterday I read my horoscope/tell me Lord will I be poor and broke/tell me Lord will I be dealing dope/I wanna take my momma to the Poconos/but only Lord knows/…Last night I cried tears of joy/what did we do to deserve this/Not to dwell on the past, but to keep it real I gotta represent for Emmett Till/all the dead souls in the field/looking at my rollie it’s about that time…/we supposed to be shy/the revolutions televised/.

Cee-Lo’s soulful singing in the background really sets the tone on this song. To all the loved ones I leave behind/at least they can’t see me cry/and I ask, when someone wants to be me WHY!!!/If you could read my mind/My God, I’m scarred, I have tattooed tears of joy/.
Not everything about this album however is rosey.

The opening track of the album called “I’m Not AStar”, makes no sense whatsoever. Despite the title of the song, Ross delivers an opening verse that says the complete opposite: If I die today/remember me like Joh Lennon/make all my my bitc#%$ tattoo my logo on they tity/put a statue of a Ni@@a in the middle of the city/ My pinky ring a hundred grand put keep that on the d-low.

Lyrical Ross delivers, and the beat is extremely catchy, but nearly every verse he lays, contradicts the title of the track.
The only other complaint you could make about the album is that with only 11 tracks, it falls a little on the short side. The term quality over quantity rains true with this album.

In an age of downloading and pirating songs of the net, this is an extremely rare example of an album that is actually worth your buying.

Out of 10, I give this album a solid 8.5.

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