Bring That Beat Back

From 2001-2017 there was a quarterly music magazine I subscribed to called Wax Poetics. It was a music journal geared towards record collectors, DJ’s, beat makers and producers. One of my favorite sections of the magazine was called “re:Discovery”. Contributing writers would share stories about a record of their choosing, not necessarily sample-based material, just records they enjoyed. re:Discovery shed a light on albums that fell under the radar, even in the age of reissues. In that vein, I present these 5 hip-hop gems. Rather than spit my 2 cents, I linked information that better puts into words what I wish to convey.

The Jungle Prince


The story passed for years from tea sellers to rickshaw drivers to shopkeepers in Old Delhi. In a forest, they said, in a palace cut off from the city, lived a prince, a princess and a queen, said to be the last of a Shiite Muslim royal line. Some said the family had been there since the British had annexed their kingdom. Others said they were supernatural beings.

It was a stunning and tragic story. But was it real?

On a spring afternoon, while on assignment in India, Ellen Barry got a phone call that sent her looking for the truth.

Blue Note Records Continues Vinyl Reissue Campaign


Blue Note Records has announced the continuation of the acclaimed Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series in 2020. Launched in 2019 in honor of the label’s 80th Anniversary, the Tone Poet series is produced by Joe Harley and features all-analog, 180g audiophile vinyl reissues that are mastered from the original master tapes by Kevin Gray of Cohearent Audio. Tone Poet vinyl is manufactured at RTI in Camarillo, California, and packaged in deluxe Stoughton Printing “Old Style” Gatefold Tip-On Jackets.

The titles were once again handpicked by Harley and cover the crème de la crème of the Blue Note catalog along with underrated classics, modern era standouts, and albums from other labels under the Blue Note umbrella including Pacific Jazz and United Artists Records. The 2020 release schedule will commence with the January 24th release of Hank Mobley Poppin’ (1957) and Stanley Turrentine Comin’ Your Way (1961), both of which are available for pre-order now. Explore the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series at the Blue Note Store.

January 24

  • Hank Mobley – Poppin’ (Blue Note, 1957)
  • Stanley Turrentine – Comin’ Your Way (Blue Note, 1961)

February 28

  • Chet Baker – Chet Baker Sings (Pacific Jazz, 1954-56)
  • Grant Green – Nigeria (Blue Note, 1962)

March 27

  • Duke Ellington – Money Jungle (United Artists, 1962)
  • Herbie Hancock – The Prisoner (Blue Note, 1969)

April 24

  • Lee Morgan – The Cooker (Blue Note, 1957)
  • Lonnie Smith – All In My Mind (Blue Note, 2017)

May 22

  • Stanley Turrentine – That’s Where It’s At (Blue Note, 1962)
  • Joe Henderson – The State of the Tenor: Live at the Village Vanguard, Volume 1 (Blue Note, 1985)

June 26

  • Bobby Hutcherson – The Kicker (Blue Note, 1963)
  • Jackie McLean – It’s Time (Blue Note, 1964)

July 24

  • Horace Silver – Further Explorations (Blue Note, 1958)
  • Jimmy Smith – Prayer Meetin’ (Blue Note, 1963)

August 28

  • Herbie Hancock – My Point of View (Blue Note, 1963)
  • Duke Pearson – The Phantom (Blue Note, 1968)

September 25

  • Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Roots & Herbs (Blue Note, 1961)
  • Bobby Hutcherson – Oblique (Blue Note, 1967)

October 23

  • Tina Brooks – The Waiting Game (Blue Note, 1961)
  • McCoy Tyner – Tender Moments (Blue Note, 1967)

November 20

  • Donald Byrd – Byrd In Flight (Blue Note, 1960)
  • Lee Morgan – The Rajah (Blue Note, 1966)

December 11

  • Paul Chambers – Bass On Top (Blue Note, 1957)
  • John Scofield & Pat Metheny – I Can See Your House From Here (Blue Note, 1993)

The Dream


We’ve all got that one friend or cousin who steadily hawks some overpriced miracle drink, leggings, or shampoo on social media. They aren’t just trying to sell you something, but would like to offer you the opportunity of a lifetime to achieve riches while working from home on your own terms. You’ve probably been too afraid, or too loving, or too reasonable to confront them.

Not us.

This season on The Dream we go inside the world of multi-level marketing to expose the pyramid-shaped business model for what it is. Join us on this bizarre journey filled with snake oil salesmen, shifty millionaires, struggling single moms, and a few sweet grandmas.