30 Best Albums of 2010

Kanye's 'Fantasy' conquered reality; the Black Keys locked into a groove; Arcade Fire burned down the suburbs

Rick Ross, 'Teflon Don'

30. Rick Ross, 'Teflon Don'

Def Jam

Teflon Don is the Miami MC's best album yet: a sleek, seductive portrait of a badass rapper living a life of South Florida luxury. Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, and Erykah Badu make cameos, and Ross shows why he's a rapper's rapper, dropping quotable rhymes — "I wanna walk in the image of Christ / but that bitch Vivica nice" — in his bassy, bulldozer flow. Ross shows some range, rhyming about his dad's battle with cancer, and his coke-kingpin fantasies are even more compelling than usual: "I think I'm Big Meech, Larry Hoover!" he bellows, on "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)," creating one of 2010's best hooks while name-checking two notorious drug barons.

Jody Rosen's Original Review
Rolling Stone's Best of 2010: Albums, Singles, Movies and more