Responsible for more than 30 albums and EPs in the past 15 years—and that's just his solo work—the dreadlocked Los Angeles-based rapper and Living Legends crew member Murs has undeniably established himself as a fixture in the annals of West Coast underground hip-hop. And though he briefly made the major-label leap with 2008's Murs for President, his most recent record, For Never, reunites him with North Carolina producer extraordinaire 9th Wonder for the fourth time. Theirs is an always-exciting pairing of skills that nearly offsets Murs' ambitious-but-failed promise to drop 10 records in 10 months.

A talented lyricist when it comes to comedy, social analysis and the storytelling that ties them together, it's most heartening to hear that Murs is once again comfortable in his own shoes.