When: Sat., Aug. 13, 7 p.m. 2011
You can hear a lot of Rick Ross's 2010 album Teflon Don (Def Jam) at my house. Not only do I frequently play it myself, but a building down the block—whose residents seem partial to the cuts produced by Lex Luger—often broadcasts Ross's identity crisis to the whole neighborhood. On "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)" he invokes the real-life founder of the Black Mafia Family gang, declaring "I'm think I'm Big Meech," and the chorus to "MC Hammer" is simply "I'm MC Hammer." Ross may not be any of the things he says he is (especially not a world-class cocaine dealer who knows "the real Noriega"), but there's something immensely appealing about the fantasy and triumphalism that animate his music—Luger's beats even sound like power-up noises from a video game. Ross's most recent mix tape, Ashes to Ashes, is a drag compared to Teflon Don, but in his guest appearances over the past year—he's kept up a busy schedule—he's stolen the show more often than not. —Miles Raymer Lil Wayne headlines; Ross, Keri Hilson, and Lloyd open.