I don’t understand all the controversy surrounding Rick Ross.
Rick Ross is a fraud. So what? Aren’t they all? And for those of you who don’t mind Rawssssssse spinning tales about his riches and women, you’ll love Teflon Don.
Ross’ rhymes may be extremely one-dimensional, but he makes up for it with some of the best-produced beats I’ve heard in years. The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League continues their string of stellar tracks with the “Aston Martin Music,” “I’m A Star” and the standout, the cinematic “Maybach Music 3.” The production is so good that you tend to not realize that Ross is telling his same ol’ tall tales.
“Free Mason” is yet another standout, but again, not really because of Ross. The Inkredibles live up to their name with a well-crafted beat, John Legend’s vocals smooth out the rough edges, and Jay-Z finally addresses those ridiculous rumors of him being linked to the Illuminati. According to Jay, “I said I was amazing/not that I’m a Mason.” Of course, it’s not like he would admit it if the rumors were true…
The only track where Ross himself isn’t an afterthought is street banger “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)” Yeah, he takes a back seat once again, this time to Styles P (who drops a great reference to the video game Red Dead Redemption), but Rawssssse holds his own, sounding like raspy Terrence Howard from Hustle and Flow. “M.C. Hammer” tries to replicate “B.M.F” (actually, a little TOO closely) but Gucci Mane totally ruins it with his brain-dead Dr. Suess raps. Ugh, Gucci is like that disgusting relative that makes everyone cringe at family gatherings – he walks in the door and immediately stinks up the place.
Rawssse certainly knows how to play the game. He masquerades his lyrical shortcomings with outstanding production, fantastic guest artists and more tales of the fast life. Teflon Don is like a blockbuster film bloated with CGI affects – you’re aware of the smoke and mirrors, but you’re entertained nonetheless.
Best tracks: “B.M.F,” “Mayback Music 3,” “Free Mason”
3.5 stars out of 5