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Van Hunt's 'Popular' — one of R&B's great 'lost' albums — finally surfaces

Van Hunt's 'Popular' — one of R&B's great 'lost' albums — finally surfaces

Last month, nearly 10 years after its originally planned release date and long after leaked copies had prompted talk of a lost masterpiece, the genre-straddling musician and producer Van Hunt successfully lobbied his former label, Blue Note, to issue his third full-length, “Popular,” to streaming services.

The release, recorded with full creative control in late 2006 while Hunt was on an inventive streak after earning a surprise Grammy Award, is the bookend to an extended saga, one that in a roundabout way prompted Hunt to retire as a recording artist after making what he was convinced would be a career-defining work.

Although his first two records for Capitol, “Van Hunt”...

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