10 Best Cassettes of 2014

R.I.P. to the iPod — long live the boombox!

Honorable Mention: YZ, 'Sons of the Father'
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11. Honorable Mention: YZ, 'Sons of the Father'

My favorite vintage-cassette purchase of 2014: A 1990 rap classic that has been cruelly forgotten, despite the hit "Tower With the Power." I was thinking about YZ this year because YG had so many hip-hop hits — and then, bizarrely, I encountered this YZ tape selling in a used-record store that had two other copies. Who the hell was hoarding three copies of the same YZ tape all these years? Then suddenly decided it was time to unload them? All I know is that I'm grateful.