Teflon Don

  • Record Label: Def Jam
  • Release Date: Jul 20, 2010
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
Buy On
  1. Even though the production is immaculate, featuring amazing work by Lex Luger, and the guest list is impressive, the album falls flat. The problem: Ross takes himself too seriously.
  2. Ross's greatest tool is still his presence, which vouches for the strength of his persona when his lyrics can't.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Aug 4, 2015
    8
    Teflon Don is, in my opinion, Rick Ross' best album. The best feature of Teflon Don is the production that is provided by J.U.S.T.I.C.E.Teflon Don is, in my opinion, Rick Ross' best album. The best feature of Teflon Don is the production that is provided by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, The Inkredibles, No I.D., Clark Kent, Danja (although I did not like his beat), Lex Luger, the Olympicks and the fantastic Kanye West. Although it did come off as unimpressive on a few songs, and the second half being a noticeable step down from the first half, I did love the luxurious and soulful vibe that was brought by these producers for the most part. I especially like Lex Luger's trap beats (even though I think that "MC Hammer" could have been removed because it so blatantly obviously resembles "B.M.F.", the superior track). Ross also compliments the beats very well, with his great flow and loud but interesting delivery, with an impressive lyrical performance to back it up for the most part (though nothing exceptional), especially on "Free Mason". He even gets introspective on "All the Money in the World". However, despite that this is Rick Ross' best album being said, that really isn't saying much because this album does have its noticeable faults. Teflon Don doesn't really offer any super original ideas, even though he does have his unique style of braggadocio rap over luxurious beats. Sometimes his lyrics hint toward the generic, and the second half is considerably weaker than the first half. Though I did enjoy "Aston Martin Music" and "All the Money in the World" neither of them were as good as "Free Mason" or "Super High". "MC Hammer", though enjoyable, sounded exactly like "B.M.F.". "No. 1" was not good at all. It isn't necessarily a BAD song, it just prevents Teflon Don from being cohesive with its unimpressive Diddy verse and Trey Songz feature and an average pop beat from Danja as opposed to the soulful production and great guest performances of the rest of the album. Overall, despite the faults with the second half of the album, it is a great listening experience overall and should mostly challenge all stereotypes of Ross being a former corrections officer. Grade: B+. Highlights: "Free Mason", "Live Fast, Die Young", "Super High", "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)". Worst song: "No. 1" Full Review »
  2. Duu
    Oct 11, 2013
    9
    This is a classic rap album, period. Here Rick Ross has an album that paints an overall picture of a guy who sees the street life as almost aThis is a classic rap album, period. Here Rick Ross has an album that paints an overall picture of a guy who sees the street life as almost a political rebellion against an oppressive and the answer is capitalism. He paint himself as the Don and succeeds at it: his lyrics get deep at various points; features a lot of talented artists and he sounds great on almost every song. Despite Rick Ross being very corpulent, this rap album has no fat at all. Absent are the unnecessary skits and interludes and filler songs. This is one of the best edited, leanest albums I've ever heard; it proves that Ross understands that greatness is not only having something to say, but knowing when you've said enough. There are no less than 3 classics on this album and no less than 8 (out of 11 total) really good songs. There are no bad songs on this albums and the texture of the sounds are consistent. After 2 years I can still listen to this album without skipping songs and with the same enjoyment that I got initially. This is Rick Ross's best album. Full Review »
  3. Aug 2, 2012
    10
    Best album of 2010, tremendous work. BMF was a classic, so was MC Hammer. Free Mason was tremendous, Im Not A Star was even better. RossBest album of 2010, tremendous work. BMF was a classic, so was MC Hammer. Free Mason was tremendous, Im Not A Star was even better. Ross cemented his status as the best in the biz with this one Full Review »