Rick Ross, Teflon Don (2010)
Label: Maybach Music Group, Slip-n-Slide, Def Jam
Deeper Than Rap may have saved Rick Ross' career by proving that he was a quality rapper who could make a real body of work, but it was 2010's Teflon Don that saw him finally elevate to actual bawse status. His technical prowess and confidence weaved through and reached their peaks on hits like "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)" and "Live Fast, Die Young." He bared his soul on cuts like "Tears of Joy," and he also found himself excelling on R&B flavored cuts like "Aston Martin Music."
The growth that began on his previous effort came full circle on here; his flow went from a sluggish stream to an epic growl, his boasts went from flashy to luxurious, and his ear for beats went from riding trends to setting them. This is when Rick Ross became everything for which he's now known. - LN