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Teflon Don

Teflon Don

by Rick RossRick Ross


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Losing none of the momentum put in motion by his 2009 effort, Deeper Than Rap, Rick Ross keeps a very good thing going on Teflon Don, arguably his best album to date. You want rap-style luxury? Then Deeper is the better fit, but Teflon plays up the chilled and soulful elements of its predecessor, meaning Ross has graduated to a level where words like "organic" and "poignant" come into play. The former is best represented by "Mayback Music III" and it's swirling, '70s-flavored dreamscape created by the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League production team. Ross allows guests T.I. and Jadakiss to go first on the cut, then grabs his cigar for an uplifting story of ghetto triumph that goes from pushing to pleasing the folks ("Parents never had a good job/Now it's black American Express cards"). When it comes to "poignant," the evidence is dotted throughout the album with the rapper reflecting on where he's been, and he often questions his own lust for fame. He chants the title to the opening "I'm Not a Star" as if it was a remindful mantra, but it's his new love of contrasts that's really interesting, following Kanye's swaggering on "Live Fast, Die Young" with "Seems to me we gettin' money for the wrong things/Look around, Maseratis for the whole team/Look at Haiti, children dyin' round the clock/I'd send a hundred grand but that's a decent watch." The familiar party and thugging tunes work too with "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)," "No. 1," and the mixtape favorite "MC Hammer" -- now with added Gucci Mane verse -- all coming correct. Add all the Illuminati references in the Jay-Z team-up ("Free Mason"), a decent smoking song ("Super High"), and a track where Cee-Lo's performance just might make you misty ("Tears of Joy"), and it's obvious Ross' albums are no longer just vessels for his singles.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/2010
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602527400280
catalogNumber: 001436602
Rank: 39294


  1. I'm Not a Star
  2. Free Mason
  3. Tears of Joy
  4. Maybach Music III
  5. Live Fast, Die Young
  6. Super High
  7. No. 1
  8. Mc Hammer
  9. B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)
  10. Aston Martin Music
  11. All the Money In the World

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Ross   Primary Artist
Stephen Lawrence   Violin
Derrick Jackson   Trombone
Kevin Randolph   Keyboards
Edward Williams   Trumpet
Phil Mallory   Bass Guitar
Jonathan White   Viola
John Legend   Vocals,Background Vocals
Brandon Wilson   Trumpet
Adam Brooks   Conductor,French Horn
Jeff Bhasker   Keyboards
Samuel Gibbs   Trombone
Connie Mitchell   Background Vocals
Steve Wyreman   Guitar
Darrel Jones   Viola
Tony Williams   Background Vocals
Tina Yu   Violin
Tanner Chung   Cello
Sang Kang   Cello
Rennie Johnson   Electric Guitar
Michael Lu   Violin
Kaye Fox   Vocals
Juliene Kung   Viola
Jacob Goins   Violin
Gabriel Bartolomei   Drums
Forrest Watkins   French Horn
Duncan Osborn   Violin
Andrew Colella   Viola
Andre Cleghorn   Bass Guitar
Antonie Swain   Trombone

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer
Clark Kent   Producer
Ken Lewis   Instrumentation
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
Deborah Mannis-Gardner   Sample Clearance
Kanye West   Composer,Producer
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer
Chris Atlas   Marketing
Remedy   Producer
Jaymz Hardy-Martin   Engineer
Poobs   Engineer
Brent Kolatalo   Instrumentation
Shaffer Smith   Composer
Eldwardo "Eddie Mix" Hernandez   Engineer
Tai Linzie   Artwork,Photo Coordination
Rick Ross   Executive Producer
Rob Kinelski   Engineer
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League   Producer,Additional Production
Ben Diehl   Engineer
Matthew Testa   Engineer
Marlon Marcel   Engineer
TaVon Sampson   Art Direction
Scott Berger-Felder   Engineer
Graham Marsh   Engineer
Olympicks   Producer
Noah Shebib   Engineer
Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young   Engineer
Inkredibles   Producer
Nate Hills   Composer,Producer
Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton   Engineer
Henry "Hollywood Henry" Cedeno   Marketing
Lex Luger   Producer
Keith "Pika" Holme   Stylistic Assistant
Edward J. "Uk" Nixon   Engineer
Chris Bonawandt   Engineer
No Id   Producer

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