By Quentin B. Huff
A return to the mic nine years in the making, a hip-hop supergroup of sorts, and Tom Waits beatboxing: this year's top-shelf hip-hop is equal parts anticipation, teamwork, and wha?!
Yumi Zouma: Yoncalla
'Bukowski In a Sundress' Is a Book You Should Judge By Its Cover
Steve Vai: Passion and Warfare (25th Anniversary Edition) / Modern Primitive
'O.J. - Made in America': Race, TV, and All Kinds of Heartbreak
Blue Orchids: Awefull / The Once and Future Thing
Jon Savage's '1966' Explores How the Music Shaped the Culture
FKi 1st: First Time for Everything (Part 1)
'Empire of Things' Is Both an Epic and a Necessary Look at Consumer Culture
"Pure McCartney really is a compilation for those wanted to dip their toes in wading pool instead of jumping waterfalls.