9. Rick Ross, "Teflon Don"
Working over luxuriant beats and alongside A-list guest stars (Jay-Z, Drake, Gucci Mane), Rick Ross elevated his game on his fourth LP and commanded album highlights like "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)" and "I'm Not a Star." The Miami rapper also owned the most memorable opening line of any song this year -- "I think I'm Big Meech! Larry Hoover!"