Rick Ross - Teflon Don (CD)
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- Number of Items
- Teflon Don [PA]
- Country of Origin
- USA / Canada
- Universal Music Group (Velocit
- Mono / Stereo
Rolling Stone (p.80) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Here Ross surrounds himself with big-name guests and pours out smart rhymes over sleek, synth-heavy beats."
Entertainment Weekly (p.85) - "Ross' ear for lush, expansive beats has become keener..." -- Grade: B+
XXL (Magazine) (p.142) - "[I]t's Ricky's ties with superb beatmakers that keep him on top of his game. The rapper enlists Kanye West to craft the backing for 'Live Fast, Die Young'..."
Pitchfork (Website) - "There are still plenty of villainous synth vamps that cater to Ross' halting, self-satisfied delivery. But the real fun is hearing TEFLON at its most indulgent."
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] I'm Not a Star
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Free Mason - (featuring Jay-Z)
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Tears of Joy
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Maybach Music III - (featuring Jadakiss/T.I.)
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Live Fast, Die Young
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Super High
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] No. 1 - (featuring Diddy/Trey Songz)
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] MC Hammer - (featuring Gucci Mane)
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast) - (featuring Styles P)
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Aston Martin Music - (featuring Chrisette Michele/Drake)
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] All the Money in the World
- Rap / Hip Hop
- Release Date
- 28 June 2010
- 49m 15s
- South Africa
Recording information: Avex Recording Studio, Honolulu, HI; Blakeslee Recording Company, North Hollywood, CA; Bull Dog Studios, Sag Harbor, NY; Circle House Studios, Miami, FL; D-Block Studio, Yonkers, NY; F.A.T.E. Music Lab; PMCK Studios, Toronto, ON; Roc The Mic Studio, New York, NY; Solitaire Studios, Atlanta, GA; We The Best Studios, Miami, FL; Westlake, Hollywood, CA; Zenith Studios, Atlanta, GA.
Photographer: Jonathan Mannion.
Losing none of the momentum put in motion by his 2009 effort, Deeper Than Rap, Rick Ross keeps a very good thing going on Teflon Don, arguably his best album to date. You want rap-style luxury? Then Deeper is the better fit, but Teflon plays up the chilled and soulful elements of its predecessor, meaning Ross has graduated to a level where words like "organic" and "poignant" come into play. The former is best represented by "Mayback Music III" and it's swirling, '70s-flavored dreamscape created by the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League production team. Ross allows guests T.I. and Jadakiss to go first on the cut, then grabs his cigar for an uplifting story of ghetto triumph that goes from pushing to pleasing the folks ("Parents never had a good job/Now it's black American Express cards"). When it comes to "poignant," the evidence is dotted throughout the album with the rapper reflecting on where he's been, and he often questions his own lust for fame. He chants the title to the opening "I'm Not a Star" as if it was a remindful mantra, but it's his new love of contrasts that's really interesting, following Kanye's swaggering on "Live Fast, Die Young" with "Seems to me we gettin' money for the wrong things/Look around, Maseratis for the whole team/Look at Haiti, children dyin' round the clock/I'd send a hundred grand but that's a decent watch". The familiar party and thugging tunes work too with "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)," "No. 1," and the mixtape favorite "MC Hammer" -- now with added Gucci Mane verse -- all coming correct. Add all the Illuminati references in the Jay-Z team-up ("Free Mason"), a decent smoking song ("Super High"), and a track where Cee-Lo's performance just might make you misty ("Tears of Joy"), and it's obvious Ross' albums are no longer just vessels for his singles. ~ David Jeffries
- Universal Distribution
- Audio Format
- PCM Audio
- Studio / Live
- Video Disabled
- Rick Ross (Rap)
- Date Released
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