The Associated Press
On Rick Ross’ latest album, Teflon Don, the burly, bearded Miami rapper continues to live up to his catch phrase, “I’m a bawwsss!”
Ross might not be the most lyrical rapper, but his shoot-from-the-hip approach makes his fourth album an entertaining one. From beginning to the end, Ross provides a disc filled with quality tunes that will leave listeners satisfied.
Despite having so many collaborations, from Trey Songz to Diddy, Ross is the top boss on this record. Ross holds his own against some of hip-hop’s best, such as Jay-Z and Kanye West. But on the J.U.S.T.I.C.E League-produced “Maybach Music III” featuring T.I., Jadakiss and Erykah Badu, Ross is clearly outdone by T.I., who might have the best verse on the album.
However, do not hold being upstaged on one track against Ross. He shows there is more to him than rapping about luxury cars and his large stash of cash. There is depth on “All The Money In The World” with Raphael Saadiq, as he raps about the death of his father, who died more than 10 years ago from liver cancer.
Ross also teams up with Cee-Lo on the soulful “Tears of Joy,” which opens with a short clip of a speech from Black Panther leader Bobby Seale. Some of the tracks that will make you want to press repeat are his first single “Super High,” featuring Ne-Yo, “Free Mason,” featuring Jay-Z and John Legend, and the easy-riding “Aston Martin Music,” featuring Drake and Chrisette Michelle.
Photo: Rick Ross
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On “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)” featuring Styles P, Lex Luger produces a hard-thumping beat that meshes perfectly with the husky voice of Ross.