You can’t help but get a little suspicious of a hip-hop artist who makes an album on which nearly every track features another artist who’s a bigger, badder star. Miami rapper Rick Ross’ fourth album, “Teflon Don,” is a hard-core showcase of gangsta rhymes where the one-time Florida corrections officer boasts and toasts with the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, T.I., Ne-Yo, Sean “Diddy” Combs and even Erykah Badu. But on this lavish production, where heavy-beat rhythms are underscored with orchestral strings, Ross manages to hold his own on the top track, “Free Mason,” and Ross and Jay-Z show chemistry rather than competition.
For the most part, Ross raps about excess — too much cash and sex is just right for him. But on the final track, “All the Money in the World,” he shows an out-of-character maturity when he raps that there might be more to the good life than material possessions. On this one he sounds like an affable gangsta hardly affected by fame and all the bling it brings.
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