The latest studio album of Dade County rapper William D. Roberts, better known as Rick Ross and fast becoming known also as Ricky Rozay, is one very expensive piece of music that sees him collaborate quite a number of artistes as well as sample the exclusive-sounding works of producers as J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Kanye West, No. ID, Lex Luger and the Runners on the iTunes bonus track.
Teflon Don has Rick Ross rap for most parts about the usual we’d expect from him; life on the fast lane, title tracks of a couple of his favourite automobiles apparently but in tracks as “Free Mason”, “Tears of Joy” and “Maybach Music III”, the self proclaimed boss somewhat put to rest any doubts of his, pulling off cheeky lines like “We’re the lost symbols speakin’ cryptic code/ancient wisdom valuable like gifts of gold” and “My top back like JFK/they wanna push my top back like JFK!/so…so I JFK, Join Forces with the Kings and we ate our day” from “Free Mason”, “Everybody know I’m alotta people threat/biggie smalls in the flesh, I’m living my life after death” from “Tears of Joy” and “I came alive like a morph in summertime/Japanese wheels, blades all samurai” from “Maybach Music III”.
It is on “Free Mason”, featuring RocNation mogul Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and John Legend, that Rozay in my view pulls off one of his better verses ever; a necessary thing to do when you’re rapping alongside a proven wordsmith as Hova who, on the track, explicitly debunked claims of him being a part of the church of Satan, “Rumours of Lucifer, I don’t know who to trust… he without sin cast the first stone, so y’all should look in the mirror and double check with your parents… b***h I’m red hot/I’m on my third six but a devil I’m not”.
On the No. ID and Kanye West produced “Tears of Joy”; both of whom I feel should produce more beats together more often, Rick Ross raps over the old school vibe from the genius duo about rising out of the ghetto to living the life only black American Express cards can afford, such as a “quarter million for the…” track’s production apparently.
Such is the theme that runs through the album with self proclaimed king of the south T.I. and Erykah Badu featured on “Maybach Music III” along with Jadakiss, Diddy on “No. 1” following the success of their collaboration on Diddy’s “Hello, Good Morning”. Other artistes featured on Teflon Don include Raekwon on the bonus track “Audio Meth”, Gucci Mane on MC Hammer, Styles P on B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast) and Chrisette Michelle on “Aston Martin Music” alongside Drake whose debut album “Thank Me Later” came at a very wrong time with Eminem and Ross coming strong and T.I. to follow suit come September.
All that collaboration left Ross not doing much of spitting bars on his album, something that leaves much to desire and affirms my view of the rapper as a second grade one only capable of just about getting it wrapped up in the studio; the only glaring downside on the album of an otherwise well produced album that makes for good listening overall and my top picks from it are Free Mason, I’m Not A Star, Audio Meth, Tears of Joy and Maybach Music III.
The album was released under the Def Jam Records and Maybach Music labels on July 20 and debuted at second place with just under two hundred thousand copies sold in its first week, right behind Eminem’s platinum certified Recovery album by sales of just a thousand copies less and the latter has held the number one spot for four weeks.
Super High has a remix that features Ace Hood.
If the album was made only of Free Mason and Audio Meth, it’d probably score a 7.5 on here but… it is what it is!
1. “I’m Not a Star”
2. “Free Mason” (feat. Jay-Z & John Legend)
3. “Tears of Joy” (feat. Cee-Lo)
4. “Maybach Music III” (feat. T.I., Jadakiss & Erykah Badu)
5. “Live Fast, Die Young” (feat. Kanye West)
6. “Super High” (feat. Ne-Yo)
7. “No. 1” (feat. Trey Songz & Diddy)
8. “MC Hammer” (feat. Gucci Mane)
9. “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)” (feat. Styles P)
10. “Aston Martin Music” (feat. Drake & Chrisette Michele)
11. “All the Money in the World” (feat. Raphael Saadiq)
iTunes Bonus Track
12. “Audio Meth” (feat. Raekwon)
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