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. Ross raps unhurriedly, encouraging listeners to mull over his every word. Teflon Don is one of this summer's blockbusters.
  2. One of the best summer blockbusters in recent memory, Teflon Don proves how thin the line is between a flight of fancy and something fantastic.
  3. Ross' ear for lush, expansive beats has become keener and his industry Rolodex deeper, 
allowing him to make every track but the intro feel like an epic, costarring major talents like Jay-Z, Kanye West, Erykah Badu, and Drake.
  4. Rick Ross keeps a very good thing going on Teflon Don, arguably his best album to date.
  5. Ross knows his lane and stays in it on Teflon Don.
  6. 80
    Ross's greatest tool is still his presence, which vouches for the strength of his persona when his lyrics can't.
  7. The ridiculously extravagant and extravagantly ridiculous new Teflon Don is certain to only rile folks up further; in its sound, scope, ambition, and arm's-length relationship to reality.
  8. He's a ferocious character, an impressive rapper and, as heard on this strong album, a clever and loose thinker, willing to try out new poses.
  9. 80
    While his rock-solid catalog should vanquish any doubt, the Bawse looks to cement his musical gangsta on his fourth Def Jam album.
  10. While it's good to see hip-hop stick up for Ross and his charismatic storytelling, their support sometimes gets in the way of hearing what Ross actually has to say, and at the end of 50 minutes you're left wanting more of Ross than you actually got.
  11. Teflon Don is the perfect summer party album.
  12. The old Ross was mired in drug-rap cliches; today, he sounds easeful, letting his basso profundo do the heavy lifting in the Jay-Z collabo "Free Mason," and gloating with wit and goofiness, of which he once seemed incapable.
  13. 70
    Still, hate it or love it, his albums are always a, what's the word we're looking for... cinematic event.
  14. Imagine my surprise to discover that Teflon Don is not only not atrocious, but it may also actually be one of the better rap albums of 2010.
  15. Don't be fooled, its still the same money-hungry, Yacht Club card-carrying Rick Ross on Teflon Don.
  16. Rick Ross would like you to know he has sodomized women in Acapulco. Lord knows we all aspire to such Olympian heights, but in that admission lies the crux of the impotence of Rawse's extensive discography: this is all pretty unnecessary.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 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 »