His past as a corrections officer, feud with 50 Cent, and lawsuit from former drug kingpin Ricky Ross couldn’t hold back the indestructible Rick Ross, who releases his star-studded fourth solo album Teflon Don today. How did the Bawse weigh in with critics? Find out below.
Entertainment Weekly: Ross’ ear for lush, expansive beats has become keener and his industry Rolodex deeper, â€¨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. B+
Los Angeles Times: 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. 3.5 out of 4
Rolling Stone: The old Ross was mired in drug-rap clichés; 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. 3.5 out of 5
The New York Times: Teflon Don isn’t the consistently sumptuous affair that his last album, the magisterial Deeper Than Rap, was, but it’s just as confident, a reminder that hip-hop social climbing isn’t monochromatic.
The Washington Post: At just 11 songs, Teflon Don is Ross’ slimmest and also strongest album. His goals remain the same: acquire wealth, explain wealth. But his word choice and onomatopoetic gestures (“Money machines, yeah, they r-r-r-ring like a mobile phone!”) are unmatched in rap right now.
Rap-Up’s Favorite Tracks: “Free Mason,” “Maybach Music III,” “Live Fast, Die Young,” “Aston Martin Music”