Rick Ross
Teflon Don


3.5
great

Review

by Joe Schmoh USER (73 Reviews)
July 20th, 2010 | 97 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Imagine to listening to a more polished Reasonable Doubt or Cuban Linx with Rick Ross rapping over it: that's basically what you're getting. As it is, it's pretty good.

Rick Ross, or to some Officer Ricky, has been in quite a pickle as of late. Before his release of Deeper than Rap he was exposed as a phony, a guy making up a crime career to sell records. Recently, the real Freeway Ricky Ross is sueing him for use of his image, putting even more pressure on Rick Ross. Normal rappers would fall apart amongst these conditions. This is probably the most significant proof that Rick Ross isn’t your average rapper. If anything, his music has only gotten better since his discovery as a phony. His newest is only an improvement on before, but it still has intact regular Rick Ross flaws.

Despite his many overcomings, he is still not at all a great rapper when it comes to flow or lyrics. What he spits is rather plain a large majority of the time, other than a couple of off kilter punchlines that he repeats for the duration of the record (“Japanese blades on the car, call em Samurai’s”) , and the fact that he continues to list off mafia bosses by name is a bit perturbing. His voice, which is a gruff, bloating roar, doesn’t groove or flow with the music, rather than blares over it. He’s always been this way, and his writing has become infinitely more intricate since the second verse of “Hustling”, and he’s got the concept of pronouncing words now, but he’s still learning the job.

What is Rick Ross’s success as a rapper is covering these flaws up to perfection. His music is almost always celebratory, and his tone within the music is perfect. His consistent anthemic attitude, his inspiration at this point to at least attempt to write good songs is applaud-able. His growls on the booming trap anthems “MC Hammer” and “B.M.F.” manage to outshine both an uninspired Gucci Mane, and a hungry-as-hell Styles P. It’s amazing that Rick Ross has acheieved as much acclaim as he has recently for his abilities, but the realization is he makes everything he does sound like a triumphant victory.

It certainly helps, as well, that the music he raps over is epic. From the south he may be, Rick Ross’s ear for music has always been so Mafioso-era New York. Thick, bubbling bass, squealing strings, built in a cinematic manner, you know, the stuff that Cuban Linx started. Rick Ross even connects with old Jay-Z producer Clark Kent for a sweeping piece for main single “Super High”, a silky bedroom piece built in such a classical way that it sort of off-sets the commercialized nature of it, at least until Ne-Yo’s smooth chorus hits. Exceptions to this sound rule are, of course, the trapped out “MC Hammer” and “B.M.F.”, two tracks that flush the same dirty south ideas, pulsating synths and click-ity drums, but even they possess the same cinematic qualities of the rest of the album, sounding life-less and mobile all at once. For once, it seems Rick Ross has a feel for one of his albums, and that coherence helps this record out immensely,

That remark brings me to a flaw and success of this record: the guests that appear consistently. Most of them add to the proceedings, but some special mentions just seem to be there to steal the show from Rick Ross. T.I.’s ever cool verse and quotables (“Maybach triple white like I’m riding in a cloud”) just steal the show from Rick Ross despite the almost prog rock switch up towards the end for his verse. Another rabid Kanye West (“You can go 'head sneeze now, my presence done blessed you”) verse manages to steal the show on “Live Fast, Die Young”, and ultimately, even younger rappers like Gucci Mane, whose verse is wholly uninspired, shows gaps in Rick Ross’s rapping. I'll explain...

Nowadays, Rick Ross sounds like an old guy in the game, spitting over cinematic soundtracks that sounded cool in the 90s, getting called “The Biggie from the South”, hanging out with Diddy, ect. Ultimately Ross is stuck in the 90s now. However, who said that was a bad thing? Rick Ross’s revitalization in the 90s has made him realize that he can actually, you know, rap, and he sounds infinitely more inspired nowadays than he ever did “flippin chickens” on “Hustlin’”. Teflon Don is the sound of an artist continually evolving into something new, and it makes hearing Rick Ross, an artist who should’ve been whipped out by all his controversy, a new joy. He won’t be a rap legend, he just isn’t good enough, he doesn’t have the potential for it either, but if Teflon Don is any sign, he will get pretty damn close. History will at least recognize the man’s existence, which means Teflon Don lives forever in all of us.



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hydeyomoney
July 20th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Deeper than Rap review wasn't intentioned/must die.

hydeyomoney
July 20th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you'll be surprised...

i know i was.

acADHDemy
July 20th 2010


1125 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i heard this album will receive 5's...

hydeyomoney
July 20th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

except this is, like, legitimately good. no trolling necessary.

the song you should listen to is either "Maybach Music III" or "Live Fast Die Young". "Super High" was a really good single, "Free Mason" or "Tears of Joy" would be a second choice.

Personally i love "MC Hammer" and "B.M.F." but idk thats just me.

heck most anything except for "No. 1", that shit is a disasterpiece.

Dryden
July 20th 2010


12928 Comments


rec a ahab album

hydeyomoney
July 20th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Live Fast, Die Young is probably the best song just because of Kanye's ballistic verse.

hydeyomoney
July 20th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ahab - get the fuck out

cvlts
July 20th 2010


8955 Comments


wur u been bro?

hydeyomoney
July 20th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I listened to MC Hammer, it was okay. The beat was intriguing, but I simply can't dig the whole "swagger" lyrical themes. :/


yea i just enjoy the lyrical theme, its just fun. Plus swag calls for rappers to say just ridicolous shit.

STARTED SELLING DOPE, TOO LEGIT TO QUIT
WHEN ITS HAMMER TIME, I PULL OUT THIS DICK.

as i said, there are other songs that would appeal to what sputnik would like prolly.

hydeyomoney
July 20th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nope. it's his EAR for beats, meaning he picks them. J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, Kanye West, and a couple of others make the beats.

Rick would be the executive producer cuz he's sort of directing the sound of the record, as well as the rapper because he's, well, rapping.

hydeyomoney
July 20th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not really, why?

1MicLight
July 21st 2010


80 Comments


I dont know if I should listen to this
Because I dont like the dude

Casablanca
July 21st 2010


262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It saddens me hydeyomoney that you don't think album it at least a 4. I mean the beats themselves should garner a 3.5 and Ross improves his lyrical skills with every album.
On a separate note, people on other websites are trolling the shit out of this album's review with that whole "Officer Ricky' shtick.

MUNGOLOID
July 21st 2010


4298 Comments


"On a separate note, people on other websites are trolling the shit out of this album's review with that whole "Officer Ricky' shtick."


lol i can't believe people still give a fuck about that.

SwagChef
July 21st 2010


283 Comments


*skepticalbulldog*

hydeyomoney
July 21st 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5


It saddens me hydeyomoney that you don't think album it at least a 4.


cool i don't care

Counterfeit
July 21st 2010


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol.

kenlacam
July 23rd 2010


24 Comments


I don't care for Rick Ross. How did he even manage to break into the biz? He can't freestyle to save his life, and he's FAKE. Which only goes to show you that BS will get you everywhere.

iisblackstar
July 23rd 2010


431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

if the music is good who gives a fuck if he is fake.

hydeyomoney
July 23rd 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the music on his last two albums have actually been pretty good, which is when he was proved to be a fake. When he was riding on it and nobody knew, he made terrible/mediocre music.



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