- Teflon Don

Rick Ross - Teflon Don
CRITIC SCORE
76
Based on 14 reviews
2010 Rank: #209 / 818
USER SCORE
72
Based on
26 ratings

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80
Pitchfork

If you came up as a rap fan in the 1990s, it's hard to come to grips with the fact that the Illmatic/Doggystyle/Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) ideal has become outmoded. Rappers rarely start with a fully-formed classic right off the bat. And sometimes, a guy who was underrated, underappreciated, or even considered a joke earlier in their career actually generates so much momentum that they eventually become undeniable.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

The best part of Rick Ross’ career to date might be the humorous calender inspired by his 2006 breakout hit, “Hustlin” (can you guess which activity is scheduled every day?), so my expectations for his fourth full-length, Teflon Don, were low — in spite of the fact that he has managed to acquit himself nicely on a few excellent summer jams, most notably the remix of DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win.” Imagine my surprise to discover that Teflon Don is not only not atrocious, but it may also actually be one of the better rap albums of 2010. Admittedly, the bar is set low, as mainstream rappers have generated some outstanding singles but few listenable full-lengths in the new millennium. In a genre where “classic” albums are so few and far between due to unfunny skits, senseless dialogue, throwaway filler tracks, and bloated guest lists, the first notable feature of the Miami rapper’s new album is its economy: Teflon Don clocks in under 50 minutes, with only 11 tracks. It’s even difficult to pick out the singles without prior knowledge, as the quality remains consistent throughout.

70
PopMatters

It wasn’t easy for Ross to make it even to where he is now. Sounding somewhat like a cigar-smoking Kermit, his flow is more chunky than smooth and his topical content doesn’t extend much beyond that same ole-money rap variety. There’s also the whole thing about being a correctional officer, which doesn’t really help when your telling stories about being in the crack game. Nevertheless, Ross is a hard-working man who continually comes up with some absurdly memorable lines to supplement the lack of thematic inventiveness. Not to mention the dude is just kind of ridiculous. After all, when was the last time you saw Rick Ross with a shirt on and no sunglasses?

exception
81
rick ross' best and most underrated album. the upbeat, jazz-influenced production was very consistent on this LP, giving it an enjoyable sound, that;s not drowned out by the unnecessary "maybach music" samples and heavy bass that can be found in ross' newer projects. the lyrics weren't bad at all either, and were pretty consistent throughout. a few of the features disappointed me, like T.I., but they weren't awful. a very well put-together project, many are quick to judge when ... read more
Ideekay
74
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